This post was developed in partnership with Pfizer as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
I am super familiar with mental health issues. Although most people don’t discuss mental health issues enough in the African American community, I have so much experience with it (hello, anxiety) and I’ve witnessed multiple versions of mental health issues within my friendships and family members. The thing about mental health is that it’s not exactly something that one wears on their sleeve, you can’t see it, but you can certainly feel it.
One of the most important ways to treat depression is to acknowledge and recognize when it is happening whether it is within yourself or within someone you love. When a loved one is depressed it can sometimes be obvious but most times it is not. It’s so important to have the tools to be able to recognize the symptoms before it begins to affect the person in a negative way. Millions of people in the United States suffer from depression, with an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) experiencing at least one bout with depression in any given year. Treatment for depression often includes a number of approaches such as talk therapy, medication, peer support, and a personal wellness plan – however, it may be challenging for some patients to adhere to their treatment and that is where the Moodivator app comes in.
The Moodivator App
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, there is now a new app that can help. The Moodivator app is a FREE app for iPhone users created by Pfizer that helps people with the key parts of depression treatment including:
Goal setting: You have the ability to customizable, manageable goals with clear action steps to help patients achieve them, which can be made across the categories: work, home, family or social activities. The awesome part is that goals can be adjusted over time and turned into helpful habits as part of an ongoing routine.
Mood tracking: You can track how you are feeling by logging your mood when it is convenient for you, whether multiple times a day or sporadically.
Sharing results: Opportunity for patients to share their goal progress with their doctor, showcasing their progress through clear charts.
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.