Retrospective Mood Charting
One of the most powerful tools we have ever found to help people who have not found help from many past therapists and psychiatrists is retrospective mood charting.
A retrospective mood chart is a distillation of information from many sources into a graphical representation of a person’s mood, functioning, and anxiety over time. Simultaneously, information about treatments and events is recorded on the graph and the result allows the clinician and the patient to jointly make the best decisions possible in terms of treatment.
There are several questions that often come up when the issue of doing a retrospective mood chart comes up:
“the importance of the Retrospective Mood Chart is significant and profound. Like many good things, conceptually it is really quite simple and elegant. In essence, the Chart encapsulates in a single comprehensive document the mental, physical, and emotional state of an individual on a monthly basis over a significant time horizon. It also obviates the need for future healthcare providers to amass and weigh through a morass of medical charts.I am deeply moved by and appreciative of our collaborative effort.”
For more information click here to read the National Institute for Mental Health Retrospective Mood Charting Manual.