Nearly 6 million people in the United States have bipolar disorder, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. That is an incredibly large number of people struggling with unexpected highs and lows. All undercover, more or less because their disease is not easily recognizable to the outside world.
Stability for bipolar sufferers can be a long road of varied treatment plans that include medication, diet, exercise and therapy. It can be really over-whelming and many sufferers abandon or give-up long before reaching any sort of normalcy.
Regardless of which treatment plan you choose, one simple method that can help boost success is keeping a mood journal. It helps you and your doctors and therapists see where you are at and if your plan is working for you.
And luckily, there are many apps out there that help you keep track of mood swings. Right in the palm of your hand on your phone.
But even though that seems easy, to some it may still be too hard to keep up and all too easy to abandon.
That is why when I came across this today on Twitter, posted by Saint Pablo @TheLifeOfKale, I just had to share it:
This teen has created a bullet journal page for tracking her moods. It really is genius as it is pretty hard to ignore on the back of her bedroom door. And very helpful for her and her family to be able to see if she is in a cycle and in need of extra help.
This method can also be adapted by the carer of a sufferer. You don’t have to be the one with bipolar to track mood swings though it is much more insightful from the inside, so to speak.
Is this something you do or would like to try?
Recommended Reading: (affiliate links)
Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner
Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability
Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families
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