- Patients who do not believe or understand that they have a serious illness are less likely to adhere to long-term treatment regimens that can improve their health status. (1)
- Specific goals of psychiatric treatment for bipolar disorder include providing education to assist the patient in understanding and accepting their illness and to reinforce the patient’s collaborative role in the treatment of this persistent condition. (1)
- Printed materials can assist in reinforcing education provided by the health care provider. (1)
- Mood charts are self monitoring tools used to gather information about changes in mood over time.
- Recording this information on a chart generates a simple graph from which an emerging pattern can be seen that might be difficult to identify.
- Although all patients will not elect to participate in mood monitoring, those who do may find it a valuable tool to report changes to their clinician or identify early signs of relapse.
Educational Reference Guide:
- Provides an up-to-date listing of top guides and brochures that are available free through mental health organizations.
- Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder (2002 Revision); American Psychiatric Association; Am J Psychiatry 159:4 April 2002 Supplement