7 Days of Gratitude, 2021 – Day 2
Next off we have a mood tracker! It can be incredibly useful and insightful to track your daily moods. Though I may be a little biased, being a licensed psychotherapist. Of course, our moods can change throughout the day, so record the most dominant mood of the day.
Let’s talk a little bit about what each of those mood words mean:
- Manic: this is a technical psychological term most often associated with Bipolar I Disorder. Mood tracking is especially important for those with this diagnosis as it can be a way to track early warning signs that a manic episode is on it’s way. Those in a manic episode sometimes have to be hospitalized due to how severely it disrupts their life.
- Hypomanic: this is another technical psychological term, more often associated with Bipolar II Disorder. Similar to the mania, hypomania is a state of frantic euphoria, though this milder version can actually seem somewhat pleasurable to the person, though often still disruptive to their life.
- Happy: this is your basic, generally happy, good mood.
- Neutral: you’re neither sad nor necessarily happy. You’re just going about life.
- Sad: perhaps you’ve had a rough day and are feeling a bit down, that’s where sad is.
- Depressed: this is when your sadness starts to become a little more severe and persistent. If you’ve been feeling especially low for a couple of weeks, you’re likely looking at some form of depression and should seek the advice and treatment of a mental health professional. Sometimes medication can be helpful to lift a person out of this state into a more neutral and, hopefully, happier state.
- Severely Depressed: this is a crisis depression state. There may be suicidal ideation, or even attempts. Or just the utter lack of ability to take care of oneself or do anything productive or pleasurable. This level of depression can be very disruptive to a person’s life and usually necessitates medical intervention, such as antidepressants and more careful mental health monitoring. You should definitely be in the care of a mental health professional if you’re experiencing severe depression.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you’re feeling suicidal please call or text with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. You can even chat with them online!