I can't seem to bring myself to do the mood tracker right now. I'm not feeling very good and I am up and down and up and down so much I just can't keep track of it. I don't know if I'm really up and down or mixed. I keep forgetting to take my medicine because they changed it. I know I need to be tracking this but I can't seem to do it. I feel like a zombie
See how long that cognitive confusion continues and keep your psychiatrist updated. Within a reasonable amount of time the medication should work and some of those side effects should settle or this might not be the right medication for you but ask your psychiatrist what would be the expected time frame for that to happen.
I know what you mean, I'm going through a period where I keep forgetting/ just don't feel up to tracking my moods and sleep right now. I know it's important, but I just don't want to think about it sometimes. And when it gets hard to really figure out what your mood IS exactly, then it gets harder to try to type it in.
I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling like a zombie, I definitely know what that's like. As for the forgetting of meds, maybe try setting an alarm, perhaps on your cell phone if you have one, that can help remind you to take them each night/morning/whatever time you need to take them. Or, place the bottles/ pillbox next to your toothbrush (or put your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet if you need to keep them put away for whatever reason). You can even put a post-it on your mirror or some surface that you look at each day. I've tried a few of these things, so maybe one will help you out too! I'm dreadfully forgetful, and it gets worse when the "zombie" state sets in, so I need to constantly have notes and alarms around me. Just my two cents, hopefully this will pass soon! Good luck!
I don't know about you, but I can't even use the mood tracker on this site. It's soooo specific that I can't look at it without my eyes swimming all over the page. I think it's my ADHD kicking in. Anyway, I use the one on *********** .com. It's easier for me to do, you just put it whether your mildly depressed, mildly manic, whatever and any irritability, anxiety you have. there is a space to put all your meds in (to keep track) and a comments section.
moonpanda: thanks. I keep my pills on my desk. I look at them and think, "Oh, it is time to take my pills." Then I forget. It is driving me crazy. This morning I woke up sick, though, so I'm not supposed to take them when I'm sick due to dehydration. At least I remembered to take them last night. :(
wj74: I actually think this tracker is not specific enough. It doesn't have any way to track mixed episodes, which is what I'm afraid I may be having right now. I feel terrible. I really want to track it but I think I've lost interest because I feel mis-represented by the tracker. I've made suggestion about this on the suggestion board, but it was ignored. I guess that's life.
I know, I really wish that there was some way to track mixed episodes. That's something that I experience more often than pure mania. I tend to just try to specify it in the symptoms checklist and in the journal, but it's still annoying to not be able to have it represented on the mood chart itself.
I used to use another tracker that allowed for the tracking of mixed episodes, but it was really confusing for me to read. I like how this one can, for the most part, can show everything graphically on one page. On particularly good days, it gives me a strange sense of accomplishment to go over the symptoms list and NOT check off one that I had been checking off constantly and I thought would never end, you know?
But don't get discouraged, try to document it in writing if possible, and at least keep an eye on the specific symptoms? It's too bad you can't see a pdoc soon to talk about it. Mixed episodes are the worst. Good luck!
Thanks. I feel like my symptoms will never end. My mood tracker looks more like a heart beat monitor, like in the movies..... But I've noticed that in general the lithium lessens the effect of the mood although it doesn't get rid of it, when I remember to take it. Maybe if I could remember and not be sick I would get a little better. :(
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