Tracking Symptoms of Mental Illness? There’s an App for That
By Stephanie Corkett, NAMI Communications Intern
With the ever increasing number of downloadable mobile applications, for smart phones a beneficial app can sometimes get lost in the masses. Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be a problem for WhatsMyM3, a new mobile health app that asks a series of questions to determine whether users exhibit symptoms of various mental health disorders.
WhatsMy M3 (originally My Mood Monitor) can tell if users are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In an article on USA Today, Chairman of Psychiatry at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Steven Daviss of M3 information explains that WhatsMyM3 can help adults, “monitor [mental health] symptoms and have a view of what’s going on,” regardless whether they’re receiving treatment or not.
While WhatsMyM3 does not diagnose users of mental illness, it scales users according to the answers provided on a 27 item questionnaire. Users who scores exceed 33 are advised they display symptoms of mental illness and should speak to their doctor about their results. Four sub scores also provide information about displaying symptoms of one of the major conditions.
The $2.99 app is available to download on iPhone, iPad and Android. The service is also free on the Web at www.whatsmym3.com. WhatsMyM3 can also be used over long periods of time to track mood changes and symptoms. Users can save their results and review them at later dates to track their mood changes.
WhatsMyM3 provides users a reliable gauge to monitor their mood and track their mental health over time. This three minute survey that lets users take control of their mental health doesn’t show signs of being overlooked with other mental health apps.
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