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Who are Moodscopers? Sunday November 17, 2013

I thought you might like a little insight into fellow Moodscopers. Based on a sample of 1500 that responded earlier this year to the question "How would you describe your current state of mental health?":

34% were diagnosed as depressed
12% were diagnosed as bipolar
15% suspected they were depressed
30% felt they had low self confidence
25% felt very stressed
27% did not feel they had any problems with their mental health at that time

Interesting to see a broad mix of people all interested in improving their mood.

Seems we are in good company.

NB: Percentages add up to more than 100% because participants could select more than one response.

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The Entertrainer Sun, Nov 17th 2013 @ 10:18am

I'm not sure if we'd all agree, but "state of mind" seems to be the foundation of so much of our well-being. Moodscope seems to help track that and is thus relevant to all the descriptions of 'states' in the research. I hope we see an increase in confidence and a decrease in stress if a similar sampling was taken after 6 months.

Anonymous Sun, Nov 17th 2013 @ 12:01pm

Interesting point re; research. Any chance of getting the same 1500 to repeat in 6 months? Alternatively how about getting a new sample who would undertake to repeat in 6 months? Frankie

Julia Sun, Nov 17th 2013 @ 1:11pm

Yes good idea Frankie. And Lex. I found it interesting that 27% felt they had no mental health issues at the time. I suppose they might be stressed too which is usually perfectly normal and doesn't suggest a mental health issue. Do you think they joined Moodscope in less happy times and Moodscope had helped them reach this positive state of mind? I wonder why people who view themselves as totally happy or as happy as can be realistically actually join Moodscope. Unless they need constant encouragement to maintain this state of mind.

Winston Sun, Nov 17th 2013 @ 6:42pm

Perhaps some people are actually in denial about their mental health state. "I'm fine" is a much used phrase that can hide a multitude. I wonder how many are in denial about Mr A. Could you highlight my blog from 'alive again' Julia? It might stop some moodscopers turning to alcohol as an escape or using it as a crutch.


Moodscope Sun, Nov 17th 2013 @ 10:38pm

Hi Winston, We certainly will highlight your blog from Alive Again but will send it out in a couple of weeks to make sure all of our members see it if that's OK.

Caroline Ashcroft Sun, Nov 17th 2013 @ 11:24pm

Hi Frankie, we will be conducting more research very soon. I doubt if we could get the same 1500 to repeat, but I'm sure we could get a new sample who might commit to repeating in 6 months.

Anonymous Mon, Nov 18th 2013 @ 12:16pm

Hi, I responded with no mental health issue at the time as I felt really strong having spent 2 years working on mindfulness and meditation & yoga techniques and using Moodscope and the Human Givens therapies. When I started with Moodscope I was at a very low ebb and had contemplated ending it all, however by the time I took the survey I was certainly not in an ongoing depressed state or overly anxious anymore, I still have ups and downs, but so do most folks. I use Moodscope now to track my mood and mediate against any dips that come up so that I can control them and not suddenly just find myself at the bottom of a low. Maybe some would say that I still have a mental health problem, but I feel so much better that I don't feel it hanging over me so much any more. I find the daily messages very important to keep my optimism topped up and I find the cards therapeutic and handy for reference.

Julia Mon, Nov 18th 2013 @ 12:42pm

Thank you for explaining all this.

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