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Optimism is a symptom tracking program that is available in multiple formats for multiple platforms. It asks users to fill in information every day about their symptoms and notable events. This information is then compiled into several charts and graphs intended to make it easy to recognize patterns and identify triggers. Optimism also provides space to record wellness plans and strategies for ease of access. It also allows users to share their information directly with their doctors. These programs are designed to help individuals diagnosed with a mood disorder to develop an awareness of their illness and therefore make better choices about management.

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Overall Score: 2.15/5.00

Total score: 6/14

Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 1/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support:  0
Software support:  2/2

date of rating: June 2016

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 2.81/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.50
Functionality: 2.63
Aesthetics: 3.00
Information: 3.13

Subjective quality score: 1.50

Perceived impact score: 1.92

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University

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More Information

Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and mobile devices
Developer: Optimism Apps
Type of Treatment: Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders
Target Audience: Adolescents and Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional : No, but recommended
Languages available in: English
Where to get it: iTunes or Online

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Optimism

Click the links below to learn more about the treatment types used in this app.

How Symptom Trackers Work