What is Depressed Mood?
Need some information on Depressed Mood? Watching this short video is a good place to start.
T2 Mood Tracker is an app designed to help users track their emotions over time. It comes with six pre-installed areas: Anxiety, Depression, Well-Being, Head Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Stress. Users can also add and customize additional scales. T2 Mood Tracker compiles the user’s ratings in each of these areas and creates a graph that can be printed or shared directly with a treatment provider. There is also space to note important or meaningful events during the day. This is intended to help users and their providers see patterns and identify triggers in the user’s daily life. Users can also connect their FitBit data to see that information directly within the app and observe any relationship between exercise and mood.Read the Professional Review for Apps for PTSD: A Professional Reviews the Products
Available for: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 5.0 and up.
Developer: National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Assessments/Screening
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress and Anxiety, PTSD
Target Audience: Adults, Military Personnel
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? Recommended
Languages Available: English
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play
No direct research has been done about the efficacy of T2 Mood Tracker. There have been a few studies about the usability and acceptability of the app.
In a study published in 2019, a small scale usability test was conducted which involved recruiting nine army interns and residents to serve as proxy patients. The System Usability Scale (SUS) was used to rate subjective usability along with focus groups and self-report questionnaires. Proxy patients rated the mobile app as acceptable on the SUS, with average usability and above average learnability. (McCreight, S. J., Brinton, C., Kinn, J., Bush, N., & Hoyt, T. 2019. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41347-019-00087-w)
In a study published in 2014, T2 Mood Tracker was test in a small sample of redeployed soldiers (n=8, 5 male) under treatment for behavioral health issues. Participants used the app an average of 10 different days over the 2- to 3-week test period. At the end of the study, participants were asked to rate their experience with qualitative feedback, quantitative self-reports (e.g., Likert scales), and to provide usage logs. The study found that T2 Mood Tracker was easy to use, useful and beneficial. (Bush, N. E., Ouellette, G., & Kinn, J. 2014. https://academic.oup.com/milmed/article-abstract/179/12/1453/4159925)
We review apps against rating criteria developed by experts in the field. Some of those criteria are:
We look at the research supporting the technology and the credibility of the development process.
We review privacy policies to see if key pieces of information about what happens with entered data are addressed.
We explore how fun, functional, easy-to-use, engaging, and interesting the technology is.
A professional in a relevant field downloads and uses the technology and writes a narrative review, highlighting pros & cons and some recommendations for use.