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Re: Diary cards

Posted by gardenergirl on July 10, 2006, at 22:30:32

In reply to Re: Diary cards, posted by Jost on July 10, 2006, at 19:21:41

Heck's Becks. I didn't get to this today. My T was a half hour late for our session today (I really think he forgot that it was scheduled an hour earlier than usual!), and this afternoon was spent trying to calm myself and the dog from the chirping smoke alarm. Every 39 seconds for 3 hours!!!!!!!!! Aagghh~

Jost, thanks for posting today. I appreciate the reminder in my inbox.

I apologize for not being prepared today. I will get on this first thing tomorrow. After my rescheduled T appt., that is. Bah.

About diary cards.... the acronyms like DEAR MAN and PLEASE MASTER refer to specific skills. As we get to them we should start logging on the diary card if we practiced them or used them in a situation. But for now, if it doesn't apply or we haven't gotten to it, we can skip those sections.

The diary cards are explained in Chap. 6 of the main book versus this manual, which is kind of annoying. The original card was designed to track mainly self-harm behaviors. So for example, the first column, alcohol, is where you would write how many drinks and what kind you may have had that day. The next few are pretty much the same. When you get to suicidal ideation and misery, you rank them from one to five. Zero is the absence of a behavior, urge, or feeling. Five represents the most intense or worst behavior, urge, or feeling according to the column header. The last column, "Used skills" has a key at the bottom of the card (1-7). The two empty columns are for customizing the card. You can add anything you want to track there.

I'm not planning to use the original version of the card, since a lot of it doesn't seem to meet to my needs.

I thought I had more versions or links to versions in a file on my hard drive. I do have one that I modified that is specific to eating disorders, so if anyone is interested in that one, email me and I'll email the file to you.

I'll keep looking about other versions. In the meantime, I think I'll use this one, although I wish it was a one-week version versus a one-month.

More later,




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