We are, as a species, notoriously bad at stepping back and observing our fluctuating emotions in a rational way. I know, I know, emotional and rational are virtually opposites. But this makes the difficulty of tracking mood over time notoriously difficult. When I feel down, I feel as if I’ve never really been happy. When I am happy, I can hardly remember a time I wasn’t. So when I sit down and try to figure out whether or not something is helping–counseling, exercise, nutrition, hobbies, supplements, bright lights, medication–how am I to know for sure? There is a nifty new cell phone app that is free and confidential that will send you a text once a day (at a time you choose) asking about your mood and then record the information on your own secure mood-tracking site. You can then allow access to any of your providers. Or you can do it just for your own records.
To sign up go to Mood 24/7.
If you want to allow me access to your mood log, my user ID is drrobincsfm (spaced out that would read dr robin csfm).