Updated: Apr 16, 2019
Keeping a journal for your mental health supports the management, treatment, and recovery of many, if not all, mental illnesses. One mental illness that affects approximately 5.7 million American adults a year (dbsalliance.org), Bipolar Disorder, requires the management of two mood episodes, mania (or hypomania) and depression. Bipolar Disorder is a constant battle, and oftentimes it's hard to find long-term aides in your treatment. 60 days of mental health journal prompts for Bipolar Disorder are now available on Rose-Minded!
Don't know if you have Bipolar Disorder? Scroll below to read symptoms of the two main mood episodes, mania and depression (not recommended to replace professional advice or treatment).
I've studied mania, hypomania, and depression in college, and I've studied Bipolar Disorder and its treatments. Use the following prompts from the journal guide to better your mental health if you are suffering from these episodes!
Signs and Symptoms of Manic/Hypomanic* Episodes:
Increased energy levels (for no apparent reason)
Impulsive or risky behavior (in or out of character)
Feeling invincible or "on top of the world"
Acting jumpy, high, or wired
Feelings of euphoria, intense pleasure, or productivity
Irritable, "on edge", or easily agitated
Having trouble sleeping
Fast-talking, switching from subject to subject
Heightened senses such as sensitivity to sound or touch
*Hypomania, in short, is the less severe form of mania. Someone with Bipolar II Disorder experiencing a hypomanic episode may just feel more energized, in a good mood, or more productive during that episode. Hypomania is considered less severe than mania because hypomania doesn't get out of control. Hypomania is still troublesome, however, because it either evolves into mania, or unpredictably swings from high energy and feeling on top of the world into a depressive episode.
Signs and Symptoms of Depressive Episodes:
Persistently feeling down, slow, empty, or numb
Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
Problems with sleep (oversleeping, insomnia, restless sleep, etc.)
Feeling hopeless or helpless
A decrease in self-esteem, self-confidence, self-love, etc.
Retreating from friends and social activities
Low energy, or loss of energy
Changes in appetite (over-eating, under-eating, etc.)
Loss of motivation/drive to complete activities you want and/or need to do
Feeling careless towards responsibilities
Feeling emotionally numb, mentally foggy, or having problems concentrating
Self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts
The mental health journal prompts are split to cover different areas of importance for those who still struggle with understanding their moods, emotions, and regulation of the two. Keeping a journal is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself, especially while you're reflecting on previous entries!
Listed below are some sample journal prompts from the 60 Day Mental Health Journal Guide for Bipolar Disorder!
For the rest of the mental health journal prompts, designed to aid in the recovery of those struggling with Bipolar Disorder, or symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, and mood management, check out the Mental Health Journal Guide for Bipolar Disorder.
This journal has benefited therapists, counselors, teachers, parents, students, and more! Listed below are a couple reviews:
"I wanted to share what I'm doing with your hard work. I'm starting a bullet journal. I shrunk down the pages to fit 5.5 x 8.5 inches and put them in protective sleeves so they'll be used indefinitely. Thanks for all your hard work it’s inspiring me to pick up a 15-year journaling habit after taking a 10-year break. [Mental Health Journal Guide for Bipolar Disorder]" - Rebecca Palmquist
"I plan to look at it over the holidays and use it for my therapy group for women." - Cynthia
"If I could get this as soon as possible I would be so very grateful. I have been having a very hard time and stumbled upon this and would love to try it and see if it will help. Really looking forward to receiving it, thank you in advance." - Jessica
The mental health journal guide includes 60 days of journal prompts designed to help you get in touch with your emotions, moods, self-care, and more. It also includes a recommended daily layout, laying out your 60 days of prompts!