For years, my daughter Chloe and I have kept track of her moods, symptoms and behaviors.
First diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 17, Chloe was too sick for too long to chart this information for herself. Her doctor offered us tools created by DBSA to log the numerous pertinent facts associated with her illness and its treatment, and we quickly learned the value of recognizing and understanding details of the illness.
After a time, Chloe became totally responsible for this record-keeping and now, at age 26, is aware of and diligent in logging sleep patterns, moods, diet, medication side effects, interpersonal relationships, anxiety levels, paranoia, irritability, etc. She recognizes a decline coming before it gets too far along and communicates well with her health-care providers. Her self-validation keeps her well.
Recently, German researchers confirmed what we already knew to be true… (more…)