Depression Health Record Software
People with Depression should keep health records to better understand and manage their mental health condition. Maintaining a health journal allows individuals with Depression to track symptoms such as feelings of sadness, lack of interest in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and any suicidal thoughts or behaviors, providing insights into the severity and frequency of depressive episodes. Recording potential triggers, such as stressors, significant life events, or certain situations that exacerbate their mood, can help identify factors that worsen their depressive symptoms.
Additionally, tracking measurements like mood ratings on a scale, sleep duration, or energy levels can provide valuable information on their emotional well-being and response to treatments. Monitoring prescribed medications, including antidepressants or mood stabilizers, can ensure proper adherence to the treatment plan. Regularly documenting psychotherapy sessions, counseling visits, and any self-care practices can also help individuals communicate effectively with mental health professionals, enabling timely adjustments to their Depression management and addressing any concerns promptly.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
To cope with my depressive symptoms, I engaged in deep-breathing #exercises and mindfulness techniques. I reached out to a close friend to share my feelings, which helped alleviate some of the emotional burden. #depression
Today, I woke up feeling extremely sad and hopeless, with little interest in my usual hobbies. I experienced difficulty falling asleep last night and felt #fatigue throughout the day. There were moments when I had recurring thoughts about being a burden to others.
My depressive symptoms might have been triggered by increased #stress at work and ongoing family issues.
I took my prescribed antidepressant medication #Prozac 30mg this morning, as recommended by my psychiatrist.
I monitored my #mood several times today, and the ratings consistently indicated a low mood.
I have an upcoming appointment with my therapist #Dr.Brown scheduled for later this week to discuss my recent emotional struggles and review my treatment plan.
*These health records are not real, but compiled by Dr. Mike Stanton of the UCLA Health Center. The data that you put in Goopatient is totally private and stored only on your computer.