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Memorie
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   Posted 3/31/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
hey guys,

I'm new to the whole mood chart thing. My doc's always running late so he rushed me out of there last time & i didn't get a chance to ask him. If you have a day where you would say there were even amounts of feeling high & depressed would you check both?

bringmebackhome
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   Posted 4/1/2008 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
mmm, i've never done a mood chart... but i would check both.


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Post Edited (spittinpcebby) : 4/1/2008 12:03:10 PM (GMT-6)


serafena
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   Posted 4/2/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, check both. It's important to know if your mood is swinging during the day.
Serafena
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yana
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   Posted 4/2/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
You should check both and mark the time too,so you know what time it changes ,Mood charts are cool!!i wish my bf could listen to me more.
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Memorie
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   Posted 4/3/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you both!

mogli
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   Posted 4/3/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   

hi memorie,

I use a mood chart--they are so helpful (as long as you chart every single day--which sometimes is a challenge for me).  If you are feeling at both ends of the mood spectrum, check both.  You're a rapid cycler???  I am, definitely.  My moods can change many times in one day; and also week to week.  It's awful.  Feeling both up and down can mean a mixed state as well.  I feel with my rapid cycling I experience a lot of mixed episodes.

So, I feel especially those of us who cycle like this, a mood chart is essential. 


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Trazodone 50mg/day & Lamictal 200 mg/day


Memorie
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   Posted 4/3/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
hey mogli,

yeah, rapid cycler here. It's been changing several times in the same day; the same mood will last no more than 3 or 4 days. It's been frustrating doing the mood chart because so far i haven't had any "normal" days. Just started new meds, so I'm hoping i can have some normal days soon. I'm actually enjoying the chart for the simple reason that i should be wearing a pocket protector & a calculator on my belt, i'm a nerd..i like charts. Thanks Mogs

P.S. Congrats!!! on school. Completing school is nothing short of a HUUUUGE accomplishment. One of these days, i hope to finish myself.

Post Edited (Memorie) : 4/3/2008 5:41:57 PM (GMT-6)


mogli
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   Posted 4/3/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, your cycling sounds exactly like mine...3 to 4 days... my depressions can last longer, but for the most part its a constant up and down.  I just started having some normal days since the Lamictal kicked in for me.  Now my depressions seem to be less intense and shorter in duration.  I had a great appt with my pdoc yesterday.  If I sink into a depression for more than a few days, then I can up my dose by 25mg.  Hopefully the meds start working soon for you.
 
Definitely keep up with the mood charting--I just did mine for yesterday and today.  All caught up :-)
 
You can finish school too, no problem! yeah
Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Trazodone 50mg/day & Lamictal 200 mg/day

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