What things should I keep track of during my treatment for mood disorder?

Track your treatment, lifestyle and moods. Specifically, at the end of each day, record a sentence or two about the three facets of typical treatment: medication, talk therapy and support groups. Writing down your exercise and eating habits, too, will, in the long run, help you coordinate your mood and medication with your lifestyle choices. Which leads us to journaling your mood! For those with mood disorders, the levels can vary from: stable, manic, depressed and mixed. Organize the aspects—treatment, lifestyle, mood—so that you can most easily discover patterns among the three variables. This effort will help you anticipate mood changes and make treatment decisions with your doctors.

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