Keeping a mood journal
For many people struggling with depression and bipolar disorder it can be difficult to know if things are getting better or worse. We all have bad days and it is easy to have a bad day and think that depression is getting worse. However, the best way to know if your symptoms are worsening is to keep a mood journal. This can be as simple as keeping a written record of your mood each day. Most mood trackers or journals also document triggers or things that happen that make us feel a certain way. They can also track changes in medication, exercise and substance use. One of the biggest problems with being depressed for long periods of time is that you can lose your baseline. This means that you no longer realize the magnitude of your depression. Keeping a mood journal can help you analyze trends in your mood and better understand the severity of your illness. Mood journals come in many forms and may favorite type of journal is an app. The app Mood Notes gives people the ability to track daily mood and circumstances as well as well as analyzing faulty thinking that may be worsening your mood. Another great mood app is called Dailyo and is similar to Mood Notes. Reviews for both Mood Notes and Dailyo are included at the end of this blog post. Some people still prefer to use pencil and paper when it comes to tracking mood. Here is a mood chart that I recommend for clients.
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