The irony being, I’m only writing again so the CBT man won’t tell me off
Since I last updated you, I’ve started doing some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with my local wellbeing service. It’s been… a mixed bag, actually, but one of the more interesting bits of homework they’ve given me was to download and try some CBT apps.
I’d already been tracking my mood with apps like A Year In Pixels on iOS (free, with in-app purchases) and the distinctively-named Year in Pixels on Android (also free, also with in-app purchases). The apps have you choose a coloured square to represent how your day went – say, orange for “mediocre” or green for “great”; as the squares build up, they develop into a sort of superficial, glanceable overview of how good or bad your life is. Which – for me at least – lead to a whole bunch of existential dread, like, “Oh, shit, my life is overwhelmingly ‘average-day orange’; what a flat, repetitive, Groundhog Day-esque existence I must lead.”
There’s an app for that
Thank goodness for Moodpath, then. Available on iOS and Android (free, with the least obtrusive in-app purchases I’ve ever seen – see below), Moodpath was developed in collaboration with therapists and scientists and offers a far deeper, more reflective take on mood journaling, insightful fortnightly reports about your mental health and what your symptoms might mean, and even printable letters to take to your GP.Continue reading “CBT app review | Two weeks with Moodpath”