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Thank goodness for Moodscope. Tuesday August 6, 2013

I think it's timely to sing the praises of Moodscope. Our daily blogs are read by me with a mixture of reactions.

Some blogs I can identify with immediately. They strike a chord which makes me feel good and as if I am normal in the way I view life. I am not alone. I am not odd. I am normal!

Some are difficult to digest particularly first thing in the morning and will take me a couple of hours or more to actually understand the meaning. They are far too complicated for a person of little brain!

Some, a few, make me rage and I think about them all day and just have to reply. Indignant from Tunbridge Wells.

Some I think "Oh no! Not another one cajoling me to take some exercise, get out and meet people, join a class, read a self help no no I can't cope, go away!"

But the main thing I get from Moodscope and benefit greatly from is that it's the one tool I do not have to make any effort with and yet it HELPS!

(Apart that is from when the cards appear on the screen and the answer I want to click on isn't at the top and hells bells I have to flip it upside down or worse still, have to turn the card over and then even then after all that effort, it still might not show the correct feeling and I have to flip it again.)

Mmm...too much effort some days LOL.

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PWD Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 6:23am

Totally agree with the above, Moodscope is a great site to visit, I too look forward to the daily bloggs but just like my moods some days I can read it and it lifts me other days it does not, but I am sure the ones that don't give me a lift will certainly give others a lift. To the moodsope team keep it up and many thanks for all you do.


DrPaprika Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 10:26am

I still find the card-turning exercise helpful, but, to be perfectly honest, I feel less inspired by many of the comments than I did when they came from one source. Let me put it like this. I always start my day with a glass of milk which always tastes pretty much the same. That's because it's homogeneous, the same throughout, and provides a dependable continuity. This is what I looked forward to in Moodscope, dropping into my e-mail alerts. Then I felt ready for the social media melée which has become part of my professional life as an educational consultant. Then I feel ready to write my own blog. I came to Moodscope because it was set up by one man, and it was very personal and human, a kind of online therapy. Often I was angry when I logged on, but soon felt calmer, even if I didn't altogether agree with the comments. They gave me a different perspective worth pausing to consider and reflect on. If you like, it was rather like pausing to listen to 'Thought for the Day' or a fulfilling form of 'secular prayer'. I didn't want to be stimulated into debate, or made to feel angry. In this post-modern day and age, we are always given a bewildering range of choices and voices. I'm not suggesting that Moodscope should go back to being a one-man band, but it could perhaps consider, like TFTD, having a smaller number of regular contributors, of all relevant professions and none. We can't all be full of the milk of human kindness all the time, but we can try not to leave an unexpected and unwelcome sour taste in each other's mouths. After all, there are plenty of 'trolls' elsewhere on the internet, who will stuff themselves with any old rubbish and regurgitate Tolkien's dwarves and hobbits, those of us who are tender-hearted need to avoid them!

June Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 10:26am

Yes indeed thank you Moodscope bloggers, even the ones I disagree with,

Denisthemenace Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 10:34am

Yes, totally agree also. I love getting my daily email, addressed personally to me, speaking directly to me. On the days when the message doesn't quite hit the spot for me I can feel quite disappointed. But that's life.

And I enjoy reading the comments which help me feel part of something bigger and less isolated. Sometimes feeling very at one with the sentiments expressed, sometimes feeling the very opposite. I guess even though we are Moodscopers because we are all experiencing some kinds of difficulty, those experiences are still very individual to us.

But at least Moodscope is there. And we have somewhere to go to express our similarities and our differences. Every day. And that's a lot. Thanks.

DrPaprika Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 10:37am

BTW, I often used to visit Tunbridge Wells as an alternative to the maelstrom of driving round the M25/M20 from Gatwick to East Kent. I did so again recently. I can recommend it if youáre headed to Dover, Folkestone or Ashford. You can leave the road-raging hares behind to be caught in the stand-stills and make continual progress calmly like a tortoise. I have never met anyone anywhere on the Weald who was (even righteously) indignant, not with me anyway!

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 10:48am

The main aim of Moodscope hasn't changed. It's purpose is to help people who suffer from mental problems and the cards are there to track moods and if done every day have proved to have a positive effect on people's outlook on life. I seem to remember Jon telling us this. I don't think any of us like outrage and trolls but maybe a bland blog each day isn't the answer either. Moodscope is an internet tool specifically aimed at a specific category of people and unfortunately one cannot avoid some disturbing or controversial comments; it's the nature of the internet. However I think on balance the Moodscope community is a very caring, kind and supportive group and this is reflected on a daily basis by the posts they write.
I am sure the Moodscope Team and Caroline in particular will be able to advise on your suggestion about a small team to write the blogs. Personally I think the system they have now which invites members to write something each day works very well.
In my view I would like to see more people write. Some people express themselves so well in their posts and the controversial ones I am sure have some very interesting points to make. I recall a comment by a Loretta which I found funny and urged her to submit a blog. Perhaps you would like to contribute Dr Paprika?(It's not up to me however, I am a mere mortal and not part of the team).
Just out of interest, remembering you from another post, are you an educational consultant in social and cultural history?

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 10:52am

I happen to live quite near TW, shan't say where! And not even in Kent. It is very pleasant I agree. (I don't know where and why that saying used to be "disgusted from Tunbridge Wells!)

Ida Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 11:22am

I am a user of moodscope since Jan this year. I found this tool 4 months after I was diagnosed with depression. The daily blog helps me to know that I am not alone in dealing with this. The daily tracker help me to see my mood 'trend'. So, I have been bringing the data when during my consultation with the psychiatrist. Just when I thought that I was making good progress, today the psychiatrist observed that my moods fluctuates drastically from day to day. So, my meds need to be adjusted. I know that when I don't get the quality sleep I need from the previous night, my mood tends to dip and today, I thought I was fine today with only 4 hours of sleep but now I am crying for no reason - the first time since end of Jan 2013. Why are the days when you are down tends to drag?? I wish I can close my eyes now and when I open it, it is tomorrow or I am somewhere else. I cannot wait for bedtime now. I hate feeling this way.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 11:22am

There should be guidelines for people who post, in particular that while blogs are opinions, the opinions should be placed in context, supported by evidence, do no harm and offer constructive solutions while also inviting discussion.

Today's post also left me underwhelmed. Very real issues were raised yesterday and should have been addressed as a matter of some urgency. I'm a founding member and pay for this service. As of today, I'm not. I've found a free and helpful mood tracking tool for my iPhone. It better suits my needs, so I'm leaving Moodscope. I had been considering it for some time, but yesterday's post and today's subsequent follow up has given me the impetus to change.

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 11:40am

Well good luck Anonymous. And thank you for what will be your last post. It's always good to hear what people really think. I am pleased you have found a useful tool elsewhere.(I was going to say let us know how you get on but no point really!)
All the best.

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 11:45am

Hello Ida
What a nice name. I am so sorry you feel like you do today but I have been there and know exactly how you feel. Lack of deep refreshing sleep is my (almost) obsession. I will write to you again later. Sorry I have to go and do something urgently right now.
Hang on in there.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 11:59am

Hi Anonymous
Sorry to hear you are leaving Moodscope. I too was upset by yesterdays post. I'm not a 'paid up' member but I come here from time to time to join in. Being Anonymous helps because no-one can be sure who you are - so you can still 'be here' anyway!! Good to hear about the mood tracking on iPhone - I may add that to my list of reasons to get an iPhone - been wanting one for ages.

Unknown Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 12:17pm

Sometimes I want to select a score that his higher on a card because I don't want to get a low score.

Getting a low score makes me feel worse. It's like oh no I am only 20% today and then I walk around with that thought in my head.

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 12:50pm

Hello again Ida
It seems that you were answering the cards in a very truthful way which made the results go up and down regularly. I am not a medic so must be careful what I say here, but my moods go up and down on a daily basis too and my moods are totally dependant on whether I have had deep sleep the night before. I am surprised your psychiatrist said you needed your medication adjusted based solely on your charts.I am not doubting what you said but surprised the charts are used in this way by some of the medical profession or at least this one, your psychiatrist. The cards are for personal use and Caroline can put me right on this, were never intended as a professional diagnostic tool. It's such a shame when the cards and blogs had previously made you feel good about yourself and now after a visit to someone who is supposed to be helping you, you have come away feeling awful. For some including me, 4 hours good quality sleep is enough to improve my mood so I don't think that lack of sleep is the cause of your tearfulness today.
I hope by now with the day getting well underway and having written to Moodscope etc you are perhaps feeling a bit better? Are you content that your meds are to be adjusted? If you have any doubt about this, can you get a second opinion or maybe email your psychiatrist and say could s/he leave it for a few weeks before changing the meds as actually you feel so much better and maybe you didn't stress that enough in today's consultation.

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 12:55pm

Hello Unknown
This is quite common, how you feel about the scores, especially the low ones. There was a lot written on one of the blogs and posts recently agreeing with you and with some very helpful comments to make you feel better! I'll try to find which one it was and let you know.

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 1:04pm

Couldn't have said that better myself D the M! I have always liked the way you write. And thank you for saying this. I totally agree. Moodscope has and continues to help me enormously. I am glad it helps you too.

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 1:14pm

Oh that's really good to hear Paul. Thank you!

Anonymous Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 1:53pm

Hells bells, Julia - this might be my favorite morning message ever. Terrible morning today and this totally made me laugh. Thanks for that!


Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 2:13pm

Oh thank you Jessica! So good you laughed.
One of the blogs which made me laugh on a terrible morning, was the one about the work colleague in a dreary office setting saying he was "terrific thanks and living the dream" when asked how he was.It still makes me laugh. I must look that one up again.
I feel better though now you wrote that!

Caroline Ashcroft Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 5:25pm

Hi Julia, you're right, there is an open invitation for any Moodscope member to write a blog for us. We do have a small group currently who contribute but the more the merrier!

Caroline Ashcroft Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 5:34pm

Hi Ida and Julia, firstly I am also sorry you are having a difficult time Ida and I do hope you feel better soon.

Regarding the graphs, we have many members who are sharing the graphs with their doctors/therapists/psychiatrists - some have been asked to do it by their consultant and others just take them along to show how they've been between appointments. I've heard it can be very helpful.

Caroline Ashcroft Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 5:39pm

Sorry you feel it necessary to leave Moodscope because of yesterday's blog. I didn't mean any harm by it, but have realised that the Moodscope daily email is not the place to raise any issues and I can assure you that it will not be repeated. Thank you so much for your support as a founding member and I do hope you will return to Moodscope.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 6:23pm

Can someone please tell me why use the card flipping? I find it very annoying. Why not just lay the choices out in a row? I find myself avoiding the sight because I don't want to do all this clicking and flipping.

Julia Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 6:36pm

Good point! There must be a good reason for all the clicking and flipping!

Caroline Ashcroft Tue, Aug 6th 2013 @ 7:15pm

I'm sorry you find the card interface annoying.

When we first built the Moodscope site we gave people a rapid way to complete the test every day, but found out that this wasn't good from a psychological point of view. When people basically 'filled in a form' their minds went into a kind of auto-pilot mode. They didn't properly focus on how they felt, but clicked on buttons quickly to get the test over and done with.

We discovered that part of Moodscope's therapeutic value is that it forces people to properly stop and focus on their state of mind for a couple of minutes each day. So although the cards may annoy you, there is a good reason for us using them.

Elizabeth Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 8:02am

I think the reason is explained in the video on the first page. It is to make you really think about the state just now and not slip into an automatic answer.

Julia Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 9:28am

Thanks for this Elizabeth. I thought there must be a good reason for the layout of the cards. It's about time I watched the video again.

Denisthemenace Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 10:06am

Hi Ida
It's horrible when time hangs so heavily isn't it? Minutes can seem endless never mind hours and days. I felt like this too earlier this year. My first thought on waking was "when can I go back to sleep again" as sleeping was the only time I didn't feel difficult emotions or think negative thoughts. Another frequent thought was "it's bl**dy boring being depressed"! I used to think I could go mad from not knowing what to do, or not being able to do anything. Gradually things improved and I found I got a lot of distraction and eventually enjoyment from reading and watching the good old telly and pottering in my garden - a real life saver.
I hope you find your equivalent soon. Hang on in there.

Julia Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 12:05pm

Hi Unknown
I have looked for the blog I was telling you about but no luck yet. I know it's there somewhere ;I just have to trawl through them all

Julia Wed, Aug 7th 2013 @ 2:40pm

Nice of you D the M! I checked this because it was my blog yesterday but I wonder how may actually come back to previous posts. I hope Ida does.
I also hope you are feeling better.

Anonymous Thu, Aug 8th 2013 @ 7:04pm

Thank you so much for answering my question. I will keep that in mind as I click away.

Julia Thu, Aug 8th 2013 @ 7:37pm


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