It is helpful to equip yourself with information, resources, and tools that can provide help when you are working through understanding your child’s mental health condition. Keeping a daily journal of your child’s mood, sleep, energy, medications, therapy sessions, and statements or events of concern can be extremely helpful not only to you, but also to pediatricians and mental health professionals. Later on, you may even share this information with your child.

By tracking this information, you will be better able to understand what works well and what does not work for your child. When tracking, it is important to consider all the factors that could contribute to improvements or deterioration of mood. Write down changes in medicine, time of day that episodes occur, food intake, social activities, as well as the positive coping mechanisms that work for your child. There are numerous ways to track mood changes. Finding one that will work for you will ensure success.

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