I have been a member of Moodscope for close to a decade. During this time I have lived through seven episodes of depression and three periods of hypomania; and have always had Moodscope and my Buddy by my side.
When I try to reflect on my past ups and downs, I often find it difficult to remember how I felt in the past. Was I low in 2012? Was I over the top in 2016? Was 2018 the year I was diagnosed with Bipolar type II? It all blurs into one and I cannot keep hold of the narrative — at least I hadn’t until I discovered I could download all my scores from Moodscope.
I managed to turn years of scores into a lovely graph of Mood Vs Years on Excel. This graph has already helped me understand how my mood fluctuates, but I believe it can go further and actually teach us how to defend against future ill health.
As a result of my ups and downs, I’ve found my calling. My diagnosis of bipolar has led me to become a trainee psychiatrist and love to connect and empathise with my patients. My energy and passion to help is still alive and well, but in the last year or so I have been thinking about what a huge impact Moodscope has had and whether I could help create another useful tool for people’s Mental Health.
This led to www.minderful.com being created; a mental fitness hub, a complimentary service to Moodscope, where everyone can tailor a personal routine and discover new weekly tips to try. We want people to invest in their minds and discover what makes their mind tick. The website will grow regularly, and we’ve already amassed a small following of mind-conscious users. I would love to see if one of our 50 blocks could connect with you, so if you’re looking for something new to keep your mood centred do take a look.
Moodscope, thank you so much for both helping and inspiring me.
Dr Nick Prior
A Moodscope member.