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iOS mood tracking app

iOS App, Moodivator, Motivates and Helps Patients as they Manage Depression

This post was developed in partnership with Pfizer as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

As with a large percent of the parenting population, and population in general, my iPhone is like a third hand.  There are few times you’ll find me walking through my home without my iPhone in my hand or pocket.  It embarrasses me a bit to say that, but not too much.  I don’t carry my iPhone around so I can check Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, instead, I use my phone as a productivity and quality of life enhancement tool.   For just about every task I do throughout the day, I use an app that corresponds with the task or activity.  From setting a timer for laundry to looking up a recipe for dinner, there’s an app for that.  I use a workout app to guide me through my exercise routine and an audiobook app to listen to a book while I’m folding laundry or cleaning.  I recently added one more app to my daily routine called Moodivator.

Having struggled with depression since high school, I’ve tried many ways to cope.  One coping mechanism that’s stuck with me is mood tracking.  Situational experiences often have the most significant effect on my mood.  These experiences include trying to give both kids attention at the same time, having dinner ready at a reasonable time while finishing my workday, and vacuuming the floor for the 3rd time in one day.

Moodivator iOS app

Tracking my mood with Moodivator™, a free iOS app from Pfizer, allows me to see patterns in my mood that I might not notice otherwise.  For example, consistent use of Moodivator the last couple of weeks showed me that I felt ‘not so good’ in the evening hours.  This is likely due to both kids wanting attention at the same time and I feel like a ping-pong ball bouncing off the walls from child to child.  Seeing this pattern in the palm of my hand, made me think about how to best remedy the situation.  It’s hard to ignore something that’s in your face like that.  Moodivator motivated me to make a couple of small changes that have had a significant impact on my life including spending time with each of the kids separately so I can give him or her my undivided attention.   You’re probably thinking duh, but it just didn’t click until I saw the pattern in front of me.

iOS mood tracking appI will show my therapist my Moodivator™ report so she can help walk me through steps I can take to reduce the feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression I occasionally feel.  Showing my therapist my Moodivator report gives her the opportunity to put the puzzle pieces together in a way that I may not have the know-how to do, which may enhance my and my family’s quality of life significantly.

You don’t have to suffer from depression to experience mood changes, so using Moodivator is not just a great tool for those who have been diagnosed with depression but, in my opinion, a great app for everyone.

See how Moodivator™, in the palm of your hands, can help you as you as you manage your depression in the Mooditavor video.

Download the free Moodivator app in the iOS App Store to set adjustable and customized goals and track your mood over time.  You can also share your progress with your care team via the app.



track depression with app


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.




Inspirational Quote: When it is Dark Enough, You Can See the Stars

Inspirational quote
Click image for a printable view (print size about 5in x 3.5in)

Moms are always on the go.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I knew when I ‘signed up’ to have children, that having kids was going to be a game changer. I had been a nanny before and was totally in love with the kids I nannied and they still hold a special place in my heart.  Sorry, got of track..

However, no matter how much we love our kids, moms sometimes get so overwhelmed we don’t know which way to turn, who to turn to, or how to take care of ourselves and sometimes we let go.  That’s not a good place to be or a good feeling.  I recently read this quote by Charles Austin Bear: “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars” and after reading that quote, I realized that the darker things get in life, the more I appreciate what I have. What stinks is then I usually get MAD at myself for letting myself get depressed because I know that I have a great life.

I like to put inspirational quotes on my refrigerator or in my purse so I can read them often.

Click the image above to print and tape this inspirational quote on your fridge or put in your wallet for quick and easy access when you need a lift.

Alicia Hagan, Mom Blog editor

I’m in a Funk.. a Depression Funk

DepressionI’ve been in a funk for about a week.  I’ve been on medication for depression and anxiety for years and have experienced what I call ‘funks’ for years but now that I’m older my funks seem to be visiting more often and I don’t like it.  I know I’ll be fine but I think it’s important to be real and need to share with my readers that life isn’t always peaches and roses (is that the saying?) as I’m sure you ALL know!

Here’s what’s going on with me:

  • General depression (since about 14 years old)
  • PTSS – Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (from a car accident)
  • Degenerative Spinal Arthritis – Diagnosed in 2010.  Painful, but I don’t take the meds because I don’t like the side-effects.
  • Premature Ovarian Failure (AKA Menopause) –  This issue makes me feel older than I am.
  • Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia – Diagnosed in 2009 but also don’t take the meds for this because I don’t like the side-effects.  I’m one of those that has a hard time ‘believing’ in something that I can’t see on an x-ray so these two conditions are difficult for me to accept but multiple doctors have ‘confirmed’ these diagnoses.
  • My husband works too much
  • I work full time (AtlantaMoms.com and TheMommyInsider.com), while helping my 11 year old with homework, entertaining my 4 year old, doing laundry, cooking, playing with the kids, bathing my youngest, putting the kids to bed, grocery shopping, transporting to kid’s events, cleaning, etc..

What happens is that I get in these ‘funks’ but I get MAD at myself for being in a ‘funk’ because I know I have a great life.  I have two beautiful healthy children, a husband, a house, two cars, and supportive family.  What gives me the right to be depressed?

Do you get depressed?  How do you cope?

How do you cope when you get depressed but have life to live, kids to take care of, work to do?  Please share.

Alicia Hagan, Mom Blog editor