Depression and Dogs

We’ve all heard about the healing and stress relieving power of pets. And stories from pet owners will always be full of the how marvellous and loving their pets are. I know, because I am one of them. But do they help with stabilising mood swings? Can they help pull you out of depression? Should…

Ideas for Reducing Stress / Anxiety

I’ve found the following to be helpful in trying to ward off stress, mood changes, anxiety, and mild mania without medication. I have found no good wards against low moods or depression. If you find that you are tense, or are being stressed out, or things are happening too quickly, or it is all too…

We Need a Safe Space

Everybody who gets depressed or manic needs a safe space. This is critical. Particularly for depressed people. For me, a safe space is a place where I won’t be disturbed by anybody. Currently, this is my house, but it can be (a) a bedroom or study, (b) a basement family room, (c) a coffeeshop or…

My Morning Schedule

On the page Ideas for Remaining Stable, I mention that I rigidly organise my morning and afternoon activities. I’ve listed the items I have to remind myself about on mornings in the table below. The lists look reasonable enough until you notice there are items like wash dishes on it. You would think that I…

Setting Up A Mood Chart

Most of the self-help books you suggest that you keep a mood chart. And it is a good idea to keep one for all the reasons I’ve listed on the previous page. However, I wasn’t satisfied with any of the ones I found, particularly since they did not distinguish between feeling emotionally stable and being…

One Month of a Mood Chart

This page follows one month of my mood chart from December 1998 to January 1999. As you read it check out the following items: I kept track of emotional stability, productivity / functionality, and medication I was taking. I kept some very brief notes on how I was feeling right there in the diary for…