Developer: Optimism Apps
Current Version: 3.8.4
Last Updated: 4 years ago
Download Size: 15.4 MB - Download
Optimism is a mood chart app that helps you develop strategies to manage depression, bipolar or other physical and mental health conditions.
It can be customized completely to suit your specific circumstances, making it relevant to any health condition that affects (or is affected by) mood.
Optimism helps you to:
• Monitor and develop strategies, specific to yourself, that help you remain in good health.
• Grow in your understanding of “triggers” that affect you, and the early warning signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health.
• Find concrete starting points for discovering interactions between the factors that affect you. Charts and reports form a feedback loop, which helps you detect these interactions more easily.
• Develop a wellness plan that documents your strategies and appropriate steps in the event of illness. It can be easily and regularly updated as self-understanding increases.
Optimism provides good integration with health providers, with detailed histories that can be reviewed quickly. It is grounded in preventative health and early intervention for better health outcomes.
Improvements to the export to CSV function, with one field per column and corrected paragraphing for the Notes.
Most Helpful Reviews
An incredibly diverse app, with responsible development! - This app is intended ideally for collaborative use between mental health professionals and their clients. I however use this app's customization to follow and graph my productivity (as well as causes/effects including mood, sleep, etc) as it relates to elements within my control in my daily life. I have nearly only good things to say about this app and its designers for both purposes. Optimism has been organized to allow various viewpoints of your progress, as well as easy to export graphs/charts so that others can follow your progress as well. Together you can decide what information belongs where, whether it's important to you or not, whether you need to give grades/ratings to items, etc. You can follow goals/plans, and keep daily notes alongside them. with a little tweaking, Optimism could double for a cognitive behavioral therapy planner as well. As I use it for productivty tracking, I simply had to customize the fields accordingly (i.e.: how well i managed work today, quality of work, taking breaks, etc) the general use is the same, I only wish i had the money to hire a life coach to review it with every week :-) My one and only wish is that there was a bit more flexibility to change the "core data" form (to make some sliders button inputs, or add/remove fields as I desired. Also I'd prefer to have the option of slider ratings instead of numerical (or some numerical, others sliders) and to be able to customise colors, etc. But for the intended use of the program, i understand why such features are likely not the priorities of its developers. They are currently running volunteer surveys on the use of this app for those who will be using it with their clinicians, and I highly recommend anyone interested in furthering the usefulness of this application to do so.
More Reviews for Current Version
Fantastic Application! - This application has been great! I am excited to take it to my doctor for my next discussion about medications. I think it really helps you get to the bottom of what is causing you unrest in your life. I really appreciate that this company seems concerned about the wellbeing of people by making this application free and if you look at their site, there is a way for providers to track all of their patients so therapists know how you are doing on a day to day basis. I believe that just looking back at your day helps you make the next day that much better and this tool helps you do that. I am excited to try any of the tools they have available for mental health and really appreciate the ease of use of the program as well as the support they have for it. I am really impressed.
It's hard to believe this app is free - This is a fantastic tool for mental health, physical health -- any kind of disability or difficulty, really. You can customize the factors that you track, as well as the names of the categories you place them in and what you count as Core Data (in that left-hand sidebar). The ability to add notes is wonderful. I agree with runda.fhein about how a slider option would be useful, but that's so minor. I'm going to try those tips for using it as a productivity tracker, too! Overall this app is so useful and worthwhile -- even its existence on your dock or desktop is a good reminder to take care of yourself.
Perfect - After trying a few other apps with some of the same features I found this App is pefect for keeping a mood diary whether it's for depression, ocd, or just keeping track of day to day feelings, mental and physical health. All the signs, symptoms and triggers are fully customizable to suit your particular needs, so you can delete what doesn't apply and add your own. I'm currently using it as a DBT mood diary. There is also a web app that syncs with the OS version so I can update it on different non-apple devices. So far it's been very helpful and I purchased the CBT app by the same developer. Thanks!
I'm optimistic about the future of Optimism. - I have recently been diagnosed with social phobia and depression and as part of my therapy I've been tasked with monitoring my moods on a daily basis. This application is amazing when applied to that purpose. The ability to rate your quality of sleep and your overall mood with a simple number scale makes it easy, and the resulting charts make it easy to spot trends. Furthermore, the optional notes tab can act as a type of journal, so if you don't know your own triggers, you can write about your day, look through your moods and what happened, and figure out what they are. Being able to synchronize with the iPhone version is just the cherry on top.
I've used this for four years and it's been steadily improving. - This can be an invaluable source of self knowledge and communcation with doctors, when used accurately and consistently. Over the past four years I've seen this app grow from a simple OSX application into a multi-device masterpiece. It syncs with iPhone, iPad, and my computer. I'm grateful to have this masterpiece of software engineering at my fingertips