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curdistal
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   Posted 6/21/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone here use a mood chart everyday? My therapist recommended it and said I should mark my highest and lowest points of the day and see if I follow any kind of a pattern.

I read the book "The Bipolar Survival Guide" and it recommended the same thing as well. Anyone ever use these? Does it help?

Thanks!
~Crystal

tortoise11
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   Posted 6/21/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
It makes a HUGE difference.  Now I can predict mood changes, what triggers them and I can prevent them before they start.
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder


mogli
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   Posted 6/22/2010 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

In my opinion mood charting is essential for us. Here is a link for some charts (I use #1).  http://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-mood-chart.html

For days when you are cycling between moods I always draw a line between the two or three of the mood marks to show my mood changed. I also make a note of how many times my mood changed that day.

Charts are helpful for you to not only keep track of your moods, but your meds, what happens on the day/day after you drink alcohol, menstural cycles....it is a very useful tool.


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 12 mg/day, Mirapex 1.5mg/day, Lamictal 400mg/day


curdistal
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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to you both. I've started charting just for a few days now so I'll have to see if there's any patterns that I can pick up on. Until now, I haven't been very aware of my moods, I just know that I change a lot from day to day. I've still got a LOT to learn about all of this. Trying to take it one day at a time and not get overwhelmed. This site is a big help :)
~Crystal
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