A bipolar patient has created an innovative new mobile health application designed to empower individuals with mood disorders.
Kimberly Knox, the app creator, recalls a time where she was sitting in the art room of a psychiatric hospital at about 4:00 a.m. thinking about her diagnosis and what she could do about it.
With the hope that she would one day better understand how her mind was working, Ms. Knox began consistently tracking her moods, sleeping patterns, medication adherence and blood pressure on paper.
“Charting all of this information three times each day took an enormous amount of time and energy,” Knox said in a public statement. “I knew there had to be an easier way.”
Relentless in her search for a way to simplify the documentation process that was critical to her treatment and understanding of the condition that impacts her mood stability, Knox found a developer partner in Ditty Labs, which helped bring her vision to fruition.
One month later, Mood Watch – a cross-platform mobile health app endorsed by the International Bipolar Foundation – debuted. It’s available now in the App Store and Android Marketplace for $0.99.
Mood Watch, its description reads “empowers people who suffer from mood disorders with tools that can help them live happier and more productive lives.”
To see how the app works, please watch the embedded demonstration video below.
In an effort to help Mood Watch reach the more than 450 million people worldwide who suffer from mental illness according to the World Health Organization, Knox has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds that will help her create multiple language versions of Mood Watch and raise the public profile of her groundbreaking app.