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Mood charts to assess meds/condition katia

Posted by Ponder on August 28, 2003, at 17:44:04

In reply to Re: basket-case in a wave-pool fluffy, posted by katia on August 28, 2003, at 15:34:33

Katia,
I know that mood charts are extremely helpful since bipolars can't remember how they felt or what happened 2 days ago and always seem to think their current mood has been the predominant one for months regardless of how rapidly they are cycling--at least that's how I am.

I have had difficulty adhering to the standard chart, but I keep a journal in which I record my weight and how much I sleep each day as well as some notation of my mood or the events of the day and how I reacted. I think that if all I did was track my weight and sleep, it would still give a much better picture of things than I could yield by memory.

My problem with the mood charts is that I find it agonizing to pick which little box to check to record my mood--it's so much more complicated than a 1-5 scale!

That's my two cents worth. I'd be interested in how others go about tracking the efficacy of their meds and their cycling.

I hope this post will not be redirected because mood-charting of some sort is essential to evaluating the efficacy and side effects of medication.


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