CAN A CELL PHONE APP HELP PATIENTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Keeping track of moods daily for people with mental illness with a new cell phone integrated service called Mood 24/7 is a lifesaver. Adam Kaplin, Mood 24/7 inventor and a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, relates how keeping track of her moods daily using her cell phone saved one suicidal patient’s life.
KAPLIN: Can I tell you also that the person who had become suicidal had a really interesting observation to make, I said, why was it on the day that you were suicidal did you continue to rate your mood? You were so depressed that day if you hadn’t gotten into the hospital you might have killed yourself. And she said well, I woke up that morning and I brushed my teeth and I put my clothes on and then my text came in and I answered it. It was just part of my daily routine. And I think what’s very interesting is people are used to having their cell phones go off all the time asking them questions and this is part of their daily routine it’s their cell phone it’s using something that they’re very familiar with and used to having communication through. :35
Kaplin says texting is taking the place of paper charts to track mood that patients rarely used. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.