Sunday, 17 July 2011

Mood charts and tracking symptoms

The only way to convince anyone you are suffering from cyclical symptoms is by filling in a mood chart. By noting your symptoms and severity, along with your menstrual cycle, it is easier to see patterns forming and for doctors to diagnose PMDD.
You have to be strict with yourself and make sure you do this EVERYDAY, or at the very least the morning after (for the day before), trying to be as accurate about how you felt as possible.

There are many free resources online, including printable mood charts. Printable worked for me as I filled it in in the evening and could keep it safe, or up on the kitchen cupboard door to remind me. It also means you automatically have something to show your doctor. I used the chart in the book by Diana Dell - The PMDD Phenomenom, as it gave me the option to fill in how bad things were too (by colouring 1, 2 or 3 boxes), so rather than just a yes or no, I could monitor slightly off moods to more intense, severe moods.

Dont be put off by charts that are called Bi-polar or depression mood charts. It's not the name that matters, but the information you track. Just find a chart that works for you.

You may want to try an online/interactive mood charts. Some require membership, but some are free. If you are at the computer a lot, then this might be a better way for you to record you moods each day. Obviously this means making sure you can print everything out to take to the doctors, and that you will always have access to a computer to keep it updated. I can't stress the importance of filling everything in EVERYDAY for at least 3 months. It's the best way for an outsider to know whats been going on up in there, and help you to diagnose your condition.

There is a very modern way of tracking your moods, if you happen to be the proud owner of an iPhone or Smartphone! Just search the app store for 'mood tracker', 'iPeriod' or 'period tracker' and take your pick! I have used Period Tracker (paid version), and it's very simple to use. It's hard to find a tracker that does all the things you want, but it worked pretty good for me. I now have an android phone and am using Womanlog, but there are many others, such as Ovuview, Pink Pad and My period and ovulation. Most have free downloads, I advise you trial the free version before you pay for one, just to make sure it works for you.

With so many options, we are spoilt for choice! There is definitely no excuse NOT to be tracking your moods and symptoms.... so, Get tracking!


PMS Symptom Tracker


Mood Tracker - Free

NAPS Interactive Mood Chart - Free, membership required.

My Monthly Cycles - Paid subscription for good resources, Limited free account.

These links are also available from the side bar of my blog.

1 comment:

Rebecca Erwin said...

Thanks for the list. It was just what I was looking for.

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