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 professionals, parents, and (as the child matures) the child themselves. By keeping a chart, you will be better able to understand what works well and what doesn’t for your child. When tracking it is important to consider all the factors that could contribute to improvements or deterioration of mood. Record changes in medicine, time of day episodes occur, food eating, social activities as well as the positive coping mechanisms that work for your child. There are numerous different ways to track mood changes, finding one that will work for you will ensure success.

Resources for Families DBSA Wellness Tracker