A bipolar mood swing chart is a chart that allows an individual to record information on an individual’s mood, average nightly amount of sleep, and their medications.
Many psychiatrists and psychologists recommend that their patients maintain bipolar mood charts in order to track the severity and frequency of their episodes or to track how effectively a medication is working for an individual. It also allows a person to track, identify, and detect mood swings early on. The first step in creating this mood charting, an individual should begin by starting a journal. Their entries should describe their energy levels and mood status daily. However, a person can also effectively use a wall calendar if they do not wish to record each minute detail.
Quick and accurate notes on a calendar will suffice. Other information that should be included in the journal is a person’s stress levels, their moods, any possible feelings of depressions, and what medications they have taken that day.
A bipolar mood chart should also record a person’s sleeping patterns. An adequate amount of sleep is an essential component of combating bipolar disorder. The amount of hours that a person sleeps a night should be noted, as well as any feelings of sleepiness or crankiness a person feels before going to sleep or upon waking up.
At the end of the month, an individual should write down their monthly numbers for overall moods. Other physical details, such as a person’s weight, should also be written down. Extreme fluctuations in weight and other physical characteristics can be indicative of developing problems. A person should also look at their progress each month. If disturbing patterns or trends are emerging, then he or she should consult their primary care physician immediately. Their doctor will be able to analyze the data further and devise an appropriate course of action.