20 June 2011

Taking a closer look at your depression's constituent weirdnesses

by Nia
Here is an incomplete list of the different aspects of my mental state that I occasionally monitor. I have found it useful both as a way to gauge how various factors affect my mood, and because thinking in terms of these more objective, neutral components helps to weaken the power of a less-than-ideal state.

I couldn't do this sort of exercise until my depression had improved a lot. When it was still in the Mariana Trench of doom, looking at it this hard would've been like poking a stick in a gunshot wound. But you might be into that kind of thing.

  • anxiety/panic
  • appetite
  • articulateness (it's a word if I say it is): the ability to express a thought
  • attention span/ability to concentrate
  • body image
  • cravings
  • fatigue
  • impulsive behavior
  • intrusive thoughts: however this manifests itself for you. Not the same as difficulty concentrating.
  • irritability
  • optimism/pessimism
  • self-esteem: this might be too general for this list
  • sleep pattern
  • stress tolerance
  • thinking process: the ability to do math problems, for example
  • mood stability: the rate or ease with which it changes
  • restlessness or listlessness
  • sociability: the desire to interact with people
  • social skills: the ability to wield conversational skills

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Image: still of John Barrymore in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," 1920. Film is in the public domain. {{PD-1923}}. Found on the Internet Archive's Silent Films site.