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   Posted 7/20/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't seen these mentioned anywhere so far so I was wondering if anyone here uses them. I've tried in the past, but when I'm extremely manic I don't think of it and when I'm really depressed I don't feel like doing that or anything else. Haven't figured out how to get them to work best for me. I know they really help pdocs who are into them. Opinions?
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Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Too many meds to list!


M73
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I do it on a spreadsheet in excel. I'm sorta anal like that. My pdoc likes it, it helps our session go quicker since I'm usually running high and talk too much and skip around from subject to subject.

She was able to determine my cycle, which is about a 1-2 day cycle.
bipolar II, lamictal and klonopin cocktail.

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serafena
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I used a mood chart for a while when my moods were really unbalanced. They helped me see how crazy they really were. My husband told me I was all over the place but I didn't really believe him. My psych was so so about them, but they helped me more than her. Do you have one already? I can tell you where to find some if you want.
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missflip
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   Posted 7/21/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, closure. What I do that is easy for me to keep up with and really simple is that I mark how I am doing on a calendar. I have one of those pocket calendars that cost a $1 or $2 that I keep and each day I just right - good day, bad day - up or down, if I had to take Ativan, if I was crying, if I was manic, etc. It is so easy to do. For example, if I was manic that day, I go to that day and write Manic. How easy is that? It works best for me because it is fast. And if I forget to write down a day, I just go back and write it in. It really helps me and my pdoc. He suggested that I do it that way since it is so simple to do.

Anyway, you just need to find which system works best for you. They really do help though. That is how we discovered that I was a rapid cycler. Good luck. And give it a try. You will be glad you did.

Have a good day.

Missflip
"I'm not crazy; I'm just a little unwell."  Matchbox Twenty


Confusedli
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   Posted 7/21/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serafena,

Can you tell me where to find one please? I usually post in depression, but just seen this thread and thought something like this could be really useful for me?

Thanks,

Li
 
 
"The Optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose."


olivia of course
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   Posted 7/21/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Here is a website that has a check list as well as a mood chart.  I have been using mine for over 7 months now and it helps me to see how my moods are.  It is hard to remember from the top of your head, especially if you are having mood swings.

http://www.bipolar.com/resources/helpful_tools.html#MoodChart

http://www.bipolar.com/pdf/bipolar_mood_chart.pdf

This is just one sample, there are plently of other versions online!



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Confusedli
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   Posted 7/22/2008 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Olivia
 
 
"The Optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose."


serafena
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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Many books on managing bipolar have their version of a mood chart included, and here's another one from the web:
www.manicdepressive.org/moodchart.html

serafena
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