|Most people with Bipolar
Disorder benefit greatly from keeping some sort of a mood chart.
A mood chart indicates over a period of time if there is a pattern of episodes,
their frequency and length, and can be instrumental in avoiding an episode
before it is out of control. Taking your completed mood chart to
your psychiatrist allows him to make medication decisions and be more fully
informed of your progress on a regular basis.
A mood chart can be kept
in many ways. A calendar, notebook, your computer or even recording
on an audio cassette to be transferred later all work. We at Bipolar
World have created a printable chart that can be accessed at
CHART , copied and printed. Print several pages to start your
Decide on how frequently you should record your moods. If your
moods have been stable for a long time once a week or once a month may
be sufficient. If your cycles are short, you are have medication
changes or are cycling at the present time, daily or even twice daily entries
should be made.
Fill in the date and time, the medications you have taken that day,
and if there has been a medication change and under the Mood and Comments
column rate your mood for that day. Make note of anything significant
that may have happened during the day that may have affected your mood,
such as sleep problems, work problems, a cold, an argument or the weather.
You may notice that these sort of triggers affect your mood quite regularly.
Try to choose a regular time each day to do your mood chart...perhaps with
your evening medication.
We suggest keeping your mood chart and a mood diary together in a thin
binder or duo-tang. Your mood diary is simply pages of binder paper.
If your Moods and Comments for a particular day are too long to fit in
the column on the mood chart make a notation...see mood diary, then date
and write your comments there.
See the mood scale by Dr Ronald Fieve at Bipolar
World Mood Rating to get a better idea of how your moods could be rated.
Finally, for convenience, after a period of time (perhaps a month) you
can graph your moods and quickly visualize the ups and downs for a longer
period of time.
Share your charts with your psychiatrist and be a part of the team working
toward better cooperation and control of your mood swings.