MoodiModo is intended to help the 20 million American adults who suffer from mood disorders such as major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder. It is crucial that mood be continually tracked and quantified in order to assess the effectiveness of various treatments. In addition to the ability to track overall user reported mood, whenever time allows, MoodiModo also enables the user can also submit a more detailed rating of their mood using the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) developed by David Watson, Lee A. Clark, and Auke Tellegen. The PANAS is a scale which uses the measure of 20 different feelings and emotions to quantify one's overall mood.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Users will have the ability to review their mood trends retrospectively, allowing them to identify triggers for symptoms and quantify the effectiveness of treatments. The social sharing features of MoodiModo would facilitate social support that is a critical element to recovery from these disorders.
Those suffering from depression are characteristically non-compliant towards most avenues of treatment, including mood tracking. MoodiModo makes tracking of one’s mood effortless by using a unique pop-up reminder interface that forces the user to rate their mood at regular intervals. The social element of MoodiModo will also be a means of encouraging continued engagement and consistent use over time.
Mood data from MoodiModo is automatically uploaded to the QuantiModo web server. At the QuantiModo website, this data can be combined with data from other applications, devices and electronic health records. Other important variables include vital signs, degree of social interaction, sleep, diet, medication, and physical activity. Since the human mind is not powerful enough to retain all of the necessary information, this data integration feature is essential to identifying correlations and causal relationships.