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Recording the Good Days. Sunday August 3, 2014

Sometimes I don't record my score.

This is usually at the weekend, and often when I am happy. And because good feelings are hard to keep hold of, those good days are forgotten very quickly.

At work I like logging in to Moodscope first thing to read the blog through then record my score and mentally warm up for the day ahead. However if I'm not at work or I have a lot to do, I won't record my score.

There are a few reasons why I do this:

• I simply forget because I'm away from a computer.
• I'm busy and have lots to be getting on with.
• I don't want to take the test because I am happy and don't want to be reminded of being depressed.

Then my graph is out of shape because the data is incomplete. Potentially if I'm having a miserable time of it I could look at my graph and see all those happy day dots and know that it hasn't been all bad and that it will be good again. Instead I see only the not so happy times and use that to feed the monster of depression inside me.

I really hope the hardworking guys at Moodscope are working on an app, maybe even with a little reminder popping up on my phone to encourage me to take my score (that can be turned off as well!)? Also the app could store my score when I am on holiday (without internet connection!) and load it back up when I am home, so I can always have my good days with me.

But until then I will try harder to record the good days, and the good thoughts too.

A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 8:04am

Hi Claire,

There are many reminder apps that could fit what you need. I use Remindeo

It sends an email reminder at any frequency you want and you can even specify the time of the day. It also has a mobile text message option, and you can send it to other people if that would help. Might be worth a look.

Anonymous Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 8:24am

Happier ( HIGH times ??? ) are often busier times, so it's less likely
I remember that the 'card flipping ' time is due. Yes Claire - I do see your point
- one sometimes needs to re-read the good-er days in the diary facility -

Anonymous Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 9:42am

"When you're happy you don't want to take the test because it reminds you of being depressed." Why is this? It seems that this is the issue you need to think through. The others are errors of omission. this seems like a conscious act.

Mary Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 10:33am

Hello Claire, As you will probably know, I have just come out of a pretty bad period of depression. Like you I have not always in the past recorded my score when I felt well and so I discovered, during that bad time, that my data was seriously incomplete: I really needed to know the daily/weekly/monthly spread of scores over the good times so that I had some robust figures to compare with my bad times.
Accordingly I have made an agreement with my buddies that I will record my score every day and they have the right to call me on it if I default. In fact, the most organised of my buddies has a reminder on her PC that pops up at 1pm and, if I haven't done my test she sends a reminder. A lot less technological than Revu2's answer and more likely to fall down owing to holidays etc, but another option.
None of us like being reminded that we live with Depression (even if it has gone away for a time), but acknowledging that fact and recording the good times as well as the bad helps us be more in control and less like a victim. Good luck Claire, with the good time scores!

Lois Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 11:08am

I was camping for 5 days, a week or so ago, with no internet connection, and really missed taking the test. I thought an app would be an ideal thing too but have just twigged this morning that I could write all the cards out manually, either on my phone or on a bit of paper - for when the phone battery's out of juice - and then retrospectively add them in when I'm hooked up to the www again. This could also be useful for occasions when I just want to unplug anyhow. Mini eureka moment so: thank you! Recording all the days really helps.

Julia Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 11:54am

I found your comment interesting and wrote a reply but forgot we had to turn off the internet because of a thunderstorm so when I sent it, it disappeared into the French ether. I don't have the will just now to re write Anon 9.42 but I do agree with you as it's an issue I need to think trhough

Tere Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 4:14pm

Now, this is a great idea. I, too, have this problem. There are days I can't get to the internet -- such as lately because my desktop died and we are down to the laptop, which my husband is always using (when we have the desktop, he always uses that, even though I bought it for MY use in doing homework, LOL). I'll do cards. I can do that!

Tere Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 4:18pm

Oh, to respond to someone else, can't go up to see who said it, I DO have a reminder set on my Kindle, and I have using Moodscope as a daily goal. I turn off the reminder and skip that daily goal, and then I see how many days I've missed in the goal keeper, and it depresses me so much I figure "what the heck, I've missed all those days anyway." Eventually I do get back on track, but I can miss weeks like this. Because I get even more depressed for having missed the days. If there WERE an app, that would be so wonderful (and please not just through GooglePlay, because those don't work on Kindles and I cannot afford a phone -- another reason to be depressed) and that wouldn't help everyone.

Silvia A Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 4:25pm

Julia and all there - try to use CTRL A + CTRL C and have a clipboard software like DItto in order not to loose your text. ( You don't need to save, just to copy and it get archived for as long as you want and it is easily searchable).

look for similar software here

Silvia A Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 4:38pm

Hi Lois, because lack of sleep is the main cause of my bad days I decided that is better not to take the test if I am unable to do it earlier in the evening. So I copied the cards and put the date on a piece of paper and did the test.

Silvia A Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 4:43pm

Claire, I enjoy so much to take the test on a good day!

Also, the thought of the day matches your text!

Thought for the day: You make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give.

The first part maybe depressive for those who are in a difficult financial time but we can always give something to others and get a bet score trough this moment of happiness.

Silvia A Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 4:45pm

I like so much when there is a suggestion of an apps, thanks Revu2.

Caroline Ashcroft Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 6:37pm

Hi all, I'm pleased to say that we're launching a mobile friendly version of the test in the next couple of weeks. It doesn't have the reminder function as yet, but we can add that - good idea. It allows you to take the test wherever you are, whether you have a connection or not, and will save your scores and plot them on your graph when you have a connection. Launching to Moodscope Plus members first. It's great and I think it will help lots of people who would rather do the test when they're on the move. So excited about it, works really well and will make life much easier for some.

Julia Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 6:51pm

Hi Sylvia A. Thank you for the help with saving text. You are the same as moods are dependant on my sleep..or lack of it.

Rich Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 9:20pm

Claire. I like your blog.
I hope this helps:
Don't worry if you miss a Moodscope test.
You coped before.
I drive a lot, and watch people walking around looking into their mobiles while the sky above them is beautiful.
I am lucky because I grew up when home computers had as much memory as phones do now.
Man made.
Man made.
Woman made.
This is my final post, and I leave with a happy heart, no apps and wish everyone all the very best on their respective journeys.
Peace and Love, Rich x

Anonymous Sun, Aug 3rd 2014 @ 10:21pm

Anonymous Mon, Aug 4th 2014 @ 7:20am

Hi Rich, hope that isn't truly your final post, I always enjoy your posts and wonder about your band. Hope to hear again from you sometime.

Rich Mon, Aug 4th 2014 @ 7:26pm

Band is fine. Spot the lead singer sign off. We love making a splash!
The Magic will play in Bakewell, Derbyshire on 26th October.

Lois Mon, Aug 4th 2014 @ 9:21pm

Yay! Thank you :)

Claire Catterall Wed, Aug 6th 2014 @ 11:10pm

Thank you all for the great responses! I shall look in to all the advice. Funnily enough I also happened to be at camp at the time this went out so I haven't actually recorded my score in a week. I wish I had taken a note pad and recorded my scores but realistically I was so busy I'm not sure I would have managed. I am very much looking forward to trying the mobile friendly version soon.

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