Start Helps You Decide If Your Antidepressants Is Working For You

iOS: Not all antidepressants are alike, and ones that work for some may not work for you, or have side effects. Start is an app that helps you track your mood and mental health, preps you for those side effects, and even builds a report you can share with your doctor to make better treatment decisions.

Start doesn’t do anything you can’t do with pen and paper, or that many doctors have suggested their patients do anytime they start a new prescription, but there’s something special about antidepressants that makes it worth looking at. Besides the fact that the side effects can be serious, Start actually prompts you and encourages you to log your mood and behaviour so you — and your doctor — have a complete picture of how things have changed since you started your medication.

Antidepressants can be tough to track (I mean, you’re in your own head, so it’s tough to see how your mindset is really changing over a long period of time,) and Start makes the process a little bit easier. Those reports it generates are also useful to show your doctor, so they can see if you’re showing signs for any side effects, or need to be switched to another medication entirely. Best of all, the app helps you with up to date information, tips, and reviews from other people in the same boat to help you over the long haul.

Start is free, and available for iOS (no word on an Android version, sadly.) You can grab it at the link below.

Start (Free) [iTunes App Store via Start]

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