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If you have depression, should you keep a diary of your moods?

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Keeping track of your mood changes in a diary can be helpful to you, your doctor, and your psychologist or therapist. In each entry, include:

Show your journal to your doctor and therapist. Over time, you may start to see patterns to your mood changes.

  • How you're feeling that day
  • Your current symptoms
  • Any events that might have affected your mood
  • How much sleep you got the night before
  • The exact doses of any medicines you took

SOURCES: 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression," 2000. 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. , 2nd Edition.  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder

Focus , Winter 2005.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression," 2000. 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. , 2nd Edition.  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder

Focus , Winter 2005.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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