Bipolar Disorder: Mood Diary

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Why use a mood diary?


A 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 you.

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 print more copies.

Blank mood diary
Blank mood diary
example mood diay
Example mood diary
Instructions for completing the mood diary
Instructions for completing a mood diary

What is this mood diary for?

Understanding the pattern of your mood symptoms is critical to successful treatment. During a visit to 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 how best to treat 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, 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 (in the order in which they happened) and will help you to report your mood to your doctor more efficiently. 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.

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Item code: NPR/08-0048
Date of Preparation: July 2009