Keeping A Journal For Mental Health Recovery
In this article we are going to look at how keeping a journal will help with your mental health recovery. Over the years I have found that keeping a basic journal has gone a long way to helping me identify and overcome mental health issues. In this article we will look at what your journal should contain to help you get to a point of mental health recovery. Already lets get this show on the road
– One of the criteria for major depression disorder is oversleeping or not getting enough sleep. By tracking your sleep pattern there are a number of items that we are looking for. Of course both over sleeping or not getting enough sleep is the big two but what we are looking for is patterns. Do the days or weeks that you are getting too much sleep or not enough sleep coincide to not feeling great or the introduction of a new medication or the stoppage of a certain drug. I have stopped antidepressants in the past and paid for it by a poor sleep schedule for several days. On the other side of the coin I started a certain anti psychotic and ended up sleeping for over sixteen hours per day
– Obviously when it comes to depression one of the DSM criteria is gaining and losing weight however there are certain medications that can cause massive weight gain if not monitored. Again a certain anti psychotic led me to a weight gain of nearly fifty pounds in a matter of months. What we are looking here is to see if certain foods or beverages cause a spike in mental health symptoms. Turns out your new anti anxiety med does not get along with caffeine so it sends you into a panic attack or too much sugar in your diet is playing havoc with your moods
– Probably the most effective way of evaluating new medications is by keeping a journal especially when dealing with antidepressants. As I have stated earlier in Mental Health Treatments antidepressants take four to six weeks before they can truly be evaluated to be determined whether they are working however the side effects start as soon as you begin. Antidepressants can increase suicidal thinking in certain age groups and it is essential to be able to track this sort of negative thinking and a mental health journal does just that. What we are also looking for is strange and new behaviors that may be caused by the medication so we can go back to the person in the white coat and be able to show him or her what is going on. When you are only taking one medication the doctor is able to accurately predict what is going to take place but when we start adding more medication to the mix the water starts to get murky.
Helping Your Doctor Or Mental Health Therapist Out
– The people in the white coats love journals for they are able to see the time between your appointment and what is taking place. Normally when people go to their appointments they are not going to be able to remember everything that has taken place over the last few weeks so it is so much easier to just hand over your journal. Not only will the doctor be able to see how you are responding to certain medications, the high and lows of your moods, any troubling behavior and will be able to use this information to make sure that you have been diagnosed properly.
If you are looking for a way to reach mental health recovery a great first step is by keeping a mental health journal and start tracking your moods and behaviors, sleeping schedule, what you are eating and how you are responding to medication and I guarantee your doctor or mental health therapist will be grateful.