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Keep track of your mood and beat the New Year blues

31 Dec 2012 | Moodscope

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People who measured and tracked their mood last year were much more likely to beat the New Year Blues, and researchers expect the same to be true in 2013.

Statistics released by online mood-tracking service Moodscope show that the daily 'happiness scores' of those who began recording them in the first four days of January 2012 started at an average of 34% but had risen to 51% by month-end, while the scores of those who had not used the service rose from 34% to just 38%. These figures indicate that there was a 4-point natural uplift across the month as the New Year gloom faded, but that people who took more affirmative action saw a much greater 17-point improvement.

Although mood tracking is a reasonably new phenomenon, it is based on the well-established principle that you cannot manage what you do not measure. Moodscope, which has recently been independently evaluated by London's Institute of Psychiatry, enables its users to obtain daily mood scores via an online 'card game' based on a tried-and-tested psychological test.

The health start-up's preliminary findings show that this simple measuring and tracking process can, in and of itself, lift mood. However Moodscope also enables users to nominate someone who will receive automatic notifications of their mood scores allowing them to offer support, when needed, without having to be asked. Sharing mood scores (rather like going public about your weight at a diet group meeting) can lead to more rapid improvement.

After suffering from mood swings, entrepreneur Jon Cousins invented Moodscope when an NHS psychiatrist asked him to keep a record of his emotional state but gave him no means of doing so. Finding that the measuring, tracking and sharing process helped to stabilise his own mood, he set about offering the tool to others, and Moodscope currently supports over 30,000 users worldwide. Seth Roberts, Professor of Psychology at Beijing's Tsinghua University, says that Moodscope has great potential. "Moodscope is revolutionary. It helps individuals raise their mood without dangerous drugs, unhealthy foods, or expensive therapy. It helps them learn what makes their mood better or worse. Here, as is so often true, knowledge is power."

Cousins believes his service could help millions. "Users have told us that Moodscope helped prevent them taking their own lives. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, so it's not surprising that the health system struggles to cope. There can be lengthy waits for psychotherapy, meaning that medication is sometimes the only solution offered. Moodscope is available immediately, and it enables depression sufferers to explore the causes of their low mood rather than simply tackling the symptoms, as antidepressant medication does."

More Information

Further details, including analysis of the effect of Mood Tracking using Moodscope, can be downloaded in the press release.

For more information about Moodscope contact Jon Cousins (Moodscope Founder) - Tel: +44 1487 830208 or email jon@moodscope.com

Moodscope Lite is free of charge. A premium service, Moodscope Plus, enabling more in-depth analysis of mood changes, is £5.99 (US$9.99) a month.

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