Mood Charting for Children
Mood charting is an excellent tool for parents whose children have bipolar disorder. It provides a record to share with your child’s doctors and can help detect episodes early. In its simplest form, it is a daily record of a child’s emotional state. These charts may also include items such as medications, sleep schedules or difficulties in school. Some charts are for the child to complete.
This is the National Institute of Mental Health’s “Child Life Chart Method – Parent Daily Prospective Ratings” provided by the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation. CABF also provides detailed instructions (MS Word Document).
A color-coded Excel chart created by a member of Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation. Includes some basic instructions, a completed sample chart as well as a blank chart for your use.
Shelly, another mother from the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, created this detailed excel spreadsheet for tracking behaviors and moods.
This is a visual and tangible method, which enables users to objectify their mood states. Each apple or bird is inscribed with words or phrases identifying a single symptom of a mood disorder that can be placed in the tree.