Mood Charts gather a wide array of information. All obviously chart your mood from depression to elation and a baseline. Most use numbers to rate your mood from -3 to +3 or -5 to +5. Others use terms like mild, moderate and severe. Other information that is charted includes anxiety, irritability, sleep, medication, weight and exercise. Even further, some of the more detailed charts allow for notations of key life events, hospitalization, drug/alcohol use, medical and therapy appointments, time of day and weather. A few of the on-line versions even include an area for keeping a journal of your day.
Once you have completed your mood chart for a period of time – say a month – you may be able to distinguish patterns. You may notice a connection in your hours of sleep with your elevated mood. If you have recorded life events, you may be able to identify personal triggers. Your doctor may find it particularly useful if you are recording medication usage and medication changes. The goal of your mood chart (as simple or complex as you choose) is to be able to identify trends and predict future moods. Another tool for your self-care.