Depression

The Daily Mood Diary

The Mood Diary is a tool you can use every day. It can help track your mood, medications, and important things that happen.

Mood chart for Bipolar

Learning more about manic depression or bipolar disorder will help you and your family manage your illness more successfully. Knowing how to identify early warning signs, including unusually high energy levels, sleeplessness or recurring depression, will help you considerably. Understanding how aspects of daily life, such as sleep patterns and stressful situations can affect your mood will enable you to manage your condition.

The mood diary can help you and your doctor monitor your illness. By gathering information about your mood, events in your life, sleep patterns and medications you are taking, you may notice patterns that would otherwise remain undetected. Taking your mood diary to your doctor will help him or her monitor your illness and treatment. If you find it difficult to complete the diary, a relative, partner or close friend may be able to help.

A blank mood diary, completed example mood diary and guide can be downloaded below. You will need a PDF reader, such as Acrobat Reader to open the files. Multiple copies of the diary can be downloaded or you can always come back to download more copies.
 

Tips for completing a mood chart
 

What is this mood diary for?

Understanding the pattern of your mood symptoms is critical to successful treatment. During a visit with your_doctor, trying to remember your symptoms over the past few weeks or months can be difficult, especially if you are ill. By recording your mood daily, you will have much more reliable information to help your doctor decide what treatment is best for your condition.

The mood charts in this diary are intended to provide you with a simple way of monitoring your illness. Mood charting will allow you to bring together important pieces of information such as your mood state, medication levels, and stressful events. Recording this information on your chart generates a simple graph on which you can see emerging patterns that otherwise might be difficult to identify.

Mood charting is a good way to record events chronologically and will help you to report your mood to your doctor more efficiently. After a few months the mood chart can be a useful tool for looking to the future. Once you begin to track your mood and become accustomed to the chart, you will find it very quick and easy to enter information each day.

~Lindsay

Source:
Janssen Pharmaceutica, NV
The Mood Diary is a tool you can use every day. It can help track your mood, medications, and important things that happen.

Mood chart for Bipolar

Learning more about manic depression or bipolar disorder will help you and your family manage your illness more successfully. Knowing how to identify early warning signs, including unusually high energy levels, sleeplessness or recurring depression, will help you considerably. Understanding how aspects of daily life, such as sleep patterns and stressful situations can affect your mood will enable you to manage your condition.

The mood diary can help you and your doctor monitor your illness. By gathering information about your mood, events in your life, sleep patterns and medications you are taking, you may notice patterns that would otherwise remain undetected. Taking your mood diary to your doctor will help him or her monitor your illness and treatment. If you find it difficult to complete the diary, a relative, partner or close friend may be able to help.

A blank mood diary, completed example mood diary and guide can be downloaded below. You will need a PDF reader, such as Acrobat Reader to open the files. Multiple copies of the diary can be downloaded or you can always come back to download more copies.
 

Tips for completing a mood chart
 

What is this mood diary for?

Understanding the pattern of your mood symptoms is critical to successful treatment. During a visit with your_doctor, trying to remember your symptoms over the past few weeks or months can be difficult, especially if you are ill. By recording your mood daily, you will have much more reliable information to help your doctor decide what treatment is best for your condition.

The mood charts in this diary are intended to provide you with a simple way of monitoring your illness. Mood charting will allow you to bring together important pieces of information such as your mood state, medication levels, and stressful events. Recording this information on your chart generates a simple graph on which you can see emerging patterns that otherwise might be difficult to identify.

Mood charting is a good way to record events chronologically and will help you to report your mood to your doctor more efficiently. After a few months the mood chart can be a useful tool for looking to the future. Once you begin to track your mood and become accustomed to the chart, you will find it very quick and easy to enter information each day.

~Lindsay

What is the Daily Mood Diary?
The Mood Diary is a tool you can use every day. It can help track your mood,medications, and important things that happen. If you fill it out daily, it can help you and your healthcare provider better understand your bipolar disorder condition. Your healthcare provider can work with you to fine-tune your treatment. For you, the Mood Diary can help you understand yourself, notice what affects you, and plan your daily activities better.

How to Use the Daily Mood Diary

It’s simple to use. Keep this sheet in a place where you can use it every day. First, note the month and year on the sheet. At the end of each day, before you take your evening medication, take a few moments to think about your day. Record the following information:

Rate your mood episodes.

In this section, track how your mood has affected how well you can participate in home, work, or school. Fill in the circle with a check mark by the line that best describes your day. If you have distinct mood changes each day, check all that apply.

Record significant events each day.
The second page of the Mood Diary has more space for you to record meaningful daily events.
For each day, record the following: Write down life events Enter important events of the day, such as ‘fight with friend’, enjoyed Ted’s birthday party,  trouble with work tasks, and so on.

Note side effects:
Side effects are things like a dry mouth or dizziness. Record any side effects from your medication(s). Note how strong your discomfort is or how much the side effect keeps you from normal function. Place a check mark in the appropriate Mild/Moderate/Severe box.

Other symptoms:
Write in any other symptoms or problems you experience each day  like anxiety, alcohol abuse, paranoia, or a bad headache. Keep noting if these symptoms continue as the days go by.

You will need adobe acrobat reader to print out the diaries below.
Source:
Janssen Pharmaceutica, NV

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