For those of you who have depression and/or bipolar disorder (what used to be called “manic-depression”), mood charting can be very helpful. A mood chart is a tool which helps you track your mood and other significant symptoms over time in a graphical manner so you can share your information with your therapist or psychiatrist. The one above is from Moodtracker.com, a site that lets you share your chart information with your clinician online. The handout I use in my own practice is here.
Mood charts are completed on a daily basis and handed in at your visit with your clinician. It takes some perseverence to adapt to the habit of recording your mood on paper a daily basis, although the actual work is about 30 seconds a day (if done on paper), mostly spent in finding your pencil and the mood chart. For that reason, I usually suggest to clients that they put the mood chart on their bedside table with a pencil nearby.
It’s a simple way to get a lot of information about how you are doing and how your medications (if you take them) are working. It can also help you find out if you are having a mixed episode (if you are bipolar) or if you are a rapid-cycler.
Overall, it is a good weapon to have in your arsenal against depression or bipolar disorder.