Posted by Emme_v2 on April 18, 2012, at 21:32:29
In reply to Re: Do you track yourself? » Emme_v2, posted by Raisinb on April 18, 2012, at 21:04:07
> I've tried a few online mood trackers but for some reason nine of them clicked with me. I wanted something I could totally customize. Also draw pictures. So I got some graph paper, colored pens, and started making up symbols and diagrams.
> Have you found that the mood tracker gave you new insights?
Well, it basically confirmed my suspicion that the onset and remission of my depressive relapses are quasi-random. Remission can be abrupt (wake up one day and it's gone). Onset does seem to be related to fatigue and just general depletion sometimes. Stressful or potentially upsetting things that one would think *could* be triggers for relapse don't necessarily coincide with relapses.
The meds keep things in check most of the time, for which I'm grateful. They do work - I don't have prolonged severe depression as I once did. But I tend to keep my doses on the low side to avoid side effects, with the result that I'm more vulnerable to short term interruptions in mood than I would be at higher doses. It's a compromise I've chosen to make.
So anyway, the mood tracker is something I can show my doctor so he knows what's been going on.