Recently an app called Moodnotes was released, adding to the ever-growing collection of available mental health apps out on the market. In terms of its basic function, Moodnotes is designed to help people keep track of their moods. Though seemingly simple and aesthetically pleasing, the app is not just about swiping an on-screen face to the right level of happiness. Rather, the app was designed with cognitive behavioural therapy principles in mind, ultimately guiding users to "identify patterns in their moods ... understand those feelings, and use suggested CBT tactics to identify and avoid "thinking traps" that may lead them into a slump."
On top of that, Moodnotes is designed for everyone, not just those who may be struggling with depression. As well, the creators emphasize that Moodnotes is by no means another "happiness" app ...
""There are a lot of happiness apps out there, and we have specifically steered away from that. It’s important to recognize that positive and negative emotions are part of our lives: we didn’t want people to think that the goal is to be happy all the time,” she said.
“That would be quite unnatural! It’s important that we recognize and celebrate that you have negative emotions as well as positive ones, even if we are providing some help in breaking the cycle that you might be in if you’re mulling over something too much, or thinking negatively.”"
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