Mood charts, sometimes called life charts, are tools that can be used both to diagnose and to help people learn about their symptoms and what works and what doesn’t. In its simplest form, a mood chart is a way of tracking emotional changes over time. They can be extremely basic or as complex and detailed as a person wants.
Along with learning how to chart out moods, it’s helpful to begin identifying the severity, or amplitude, of a particular mood. One approach is to use a rating scale: “On a scale of zero to ten, with zero being no depression whatsoever and ten being the most hopeless and suicidally depressed anyone could be, where are you right now?”