This post was developed in partnership with Pfizer as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
I admit it: I’m addicted to apps. I find myself using apps for the simplest daily activities to planning big events. Have you heard the saying “there’s an app for that”? Well, I find myself saying that far to often. A 2014 survey found that 70% of patients being treated for a mental health disorder say they want to use a mobile application to monitor their mental health on a daily basis. If you suffer from depression, there is now an app for that. Pfizer’s new, free mobile app, for iPhone users, Moodivator, helps people with depression (and their care team) take a more active role in managing their condition.
Millions of people in the United States suffer from depression, with an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) experiencing at least one major depressive episode in any given year. Struggling with depression can feel overwhelming, isolating and affect all areas of a person’s life. I’ve been there and have spoken about it on GET FIT DIVA. Treatment for depression often includes talk therapy, medication, peer support, and a personal wellness plan – however, it may be challenging for some patients to adhere to their treatment. I know it has been a journey for me.
Pfizer developed the Moodivator app in consultation with leading psychiatrists to help complement a patient’s treatment by providing ongoing motivation in a simple, efficient, and portable way for those living with depression. This is important because even seemingly small tasks can feel difficult for people with depression. Remember all those apps I use? Moodivator helps me stay motivated, set realistic and relevant goals, and log my mood. I took note of important factors like sleep, appetite, and physical activities to identify patterns on my mood. I realize that when I am not eating right, not sleeping properly, and not getting in my daily activity, it affects my mental state.
Being able to create customizable reports to view my progress to identify changes or patterns over time is another important feature of this app that you can share with your care team. Did I love the encouraging inspirational messages in the app? Sure, those notifications were great reminders and I will take motivation wherever I can get it!
Want to try Moodivator for yourself? This free app is now available for download to iPhones from the Apple App Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moodivator/id1103213442?ls=1&mt=8
The Moodivator app is not a treatment for depression and does not take the place of your doctor’s care or advice. This app also includes information about a prescription treatment option for depression.