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What Do You Write Down In Your Mood Diary?


Are you suffering from Bipolar Disorder?  Have you considered keeping track of the changes in your daily routine in a diary or journal?  Consider giving this option a try.  This article will explore what to include in your journal.

Changes In Your Mood

One of the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder is drastic changes in your mood.  If you experience mood swings, such as changes in mood, record this in your journal.  This will enable you to figure out when this happens, as well as what is causing your changes in mood.  You will be a much more happier person.  In addition, your symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorder will also decrease, as well.

Changes In Your Sleeping Patterns

Another symptom of Bipolar Disorder is hyperinsomnia or insomnia.  Hyperinsomnia is excessive sleeping patterns, while insomnia is an inability to sleep.  If you are experiencing either hyperinsomnia or insomnia record this in your journal.  When your record this in your journal, record how much you slept that night.  Record this over a weekly period.  You will be able to see the changes in your sleeping patterns over a weekly period and see your sleeping patterns.  You will be able to see if they have improved or not improved over the week.

Relationship Changes

Another symptom of Bipolar Disorder is irritability.  This can impact your relationships.  Record your relationships with your friends and family in your journal over a weekly basis.  Record whether or not you were irritable or pleasant to your friends or family.  If you were irritable, record what triggered you to become irritable to your friends and family.  When your record this information on paper, you will be able to see it from a visual stand point.  You will have a better chance of improving on it.


To conclude this article, this article has explored three topics to include in your journal with Bipolar Disorder.  They include, but are not limited to, changes in your mood, changes in your sleeping patterns, in addition to relationship changes.  Recording this information in your journal has many benefits, which I will explore in my next article.  However, to stick to this article, if you or a loved one believe you have Bipolar Disorder, do not hesitate to contact a licensed provider immediately.  Your doctor will provide you or a loved with the optimal level of care you need to reach an optimal level of recovery.


What Do You Write Down In Your Mood Diary?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). What Do You Write Down In Your Mood Diary?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 11, 2020, from


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