Charting my moods (bipolar)
June 2, 2008 8 Comments
A Mood Chart is a simple tool that people diagnosed with Bipolar disorder (like me) use from time to time. its basically a daily or bi-daily chart of symptoms and affect mood. With the K.I.S.S (keep – it- simple-stupid) attitude in mind, a mood chart can be made to meet any personal symptoms and then taken to to a doctor and therapist.
Why keep a mood chart?
Mood charts can give a consumer and his/her professionals a better idea of the cycling, symptoms and possible triggers of symptoms over a long period of time. Thus a mood chart is a tool for personal awareness and an aid for a doctor who is prescribing treatment.
In the last couple years my bipolar symptoms have been sporadic and relatively mild. I credit this towards my good attitude, good management, and to good luck. (you cannot under estimate luck, and the attitude to take advantage of it).
So this morning, while i sit home with the flu, on my vacation (so much for luck ;P )…
I thought I’d finish a down loadable mood chart.
above you will see an example of how one is filled out.
you can simply create you own. managers of disorders : Depression, Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality disorder often use these.
you can also download my pre made PDF. visiting the “charts” tab above or click here for charts.
the chart is free, but please feel free to donate any kleenex and cough drops to Pennsylvania Echoes, im going back to bed.
You may download a .PDF (readable with Adobe, Foxit, open office, etc)
by clicking on the link below:
Daily-mood-chart-for Bipolar disorder