Self-Help Resources for Mood Disorders

When to Seek Professional Help 
Self-help has an important role in helping people manage psychological problems. However, especially if you are having suicidal thoughts, severe hopelessness, persistent depression or hypomanic episodes or episodes of psychosis where you are hearing voices or having odd or unusual thoughts that are causing significant distress, you should consider getting professional help. Certain specific structured and directive psychotherapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, are particularly helpful in terms of being effective in addressing problems with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. 

Downloadable Files (To Download Files, Click at Bottom of Page)
1) Daily Mood Graph.   A daily diary of your mood and other important symptoms to help you and your Doctor understand your mood related symptoms.
2) Life Chart. Provides a  life history of your Mood Disorder to help you and your doctor understand your history.
3) Life Chart Instructions.  An instruction Manual for the Life Chart method.

The Daily Mood Graph will give me a picture of your daily mood shifts, while the Life Chart will give me a picture of the history of your mood disorder including important markers such as major episodes, hospitalizations, major life events, starting medications, changing or stopping medications, changes in medication and any use of alcohol or other substances. 
 
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Robert Reiser,
Jul 6, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Robert Reiser,
Jul 6, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Robert Reiser,
Jul 6, 2013, 10:52 AM
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