Here is the learning curve now that I am trying to do something about the opposite of Depression... I know that Depression does not mean sad. But the other extreme also doesn't mean happy. Intellectually I know that, but when I think of being "up" I think of good mood. And it ain't necessarily so.Today I felt in the middle of the mood rollercoaster. I had normal-sized emotions. Happy, sad, irritated, relieved... but not coming down in crashing waves that overwhelmed me. Nice.
I am tracking my moods now (and have to write fast because my battery is going to run out and I don't have my computer cord). Also reading a book on bipolar disorder and how it manifests... and that the "high moods" are often not characterized by happiness. But sometimes increased irritability, increased anger, increased goal-directed activities.
And I decided that I was going to share my chart with son #1 who has a diagnosed mild depressive disorder (whatever it is called. Unspecified or whatnot) but I have noticed that he and I share the BIG EMOTIONS at either extreme and that he runs very hot and cold with people and activities and that he does not like feeling out of control.
He liked the idea of tracking his moods too. So we made and shared charts on Google Drive and are going to give this a go for a month.
He elected to track
Mine is mostly the same, only I am also tracking my meds and alcohol (for the two or three times a year that I have a drink.)
I think this will be a super-helpful tool. I will try to stick with it for a month. Then when I go in to see therapist I will have nearly a full month of moods charted.
Grateful Crap: awesome son
talked with friend (about crap that had bothered me and that helped a lot)
spent time with family
Quaker, teacher, parent,