Journal for Psychiatric Appointments

Okay.

The big news is I was diagnosed with Manic-Depressive and Borderline Personality Disorder. Big chunk to handle.

Anyway, my shrink has asked me to keep a journal, and so I did. But he wants me to leave the pages for each week with him... and I do not like the idea of detaching pages...

I was thinking Hipster PDA? But larger? Any suggestions?

Thanks.

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First off I have to issue an internet :hug: ... I've been struggling with depression, anxiety disorder and agoraphobia since 2004 (or at least thats when I was diagnosed). It can be very intimidating and embarassing ... but knowing you are not alone helps tons.

I wonder if maybe a binder type setup might work well... that way you can take out the pages for the week.

Or would your doctor accept photocopies?

I hate tearing pages out of my journals... >.<

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Circa Journal from Levenger

Don't know if the Circas would be an option or not...sometimes you can run across less expensive versions that do essentially the same thing.
But you would be able to remove the pages for the shrink and put them back in later.
I have also seen handmade journals that use the hardback covers from old books, paper cut to size and two binder rings.
Good luck and ::hugs:: to you both.
I have been dealing with a rampant case of ADD and I was finally able to get diagnosed this year. I got it under control and was feeling prett good only to find out I am susceptible to seasonal depression as well.

Circa Journal from Levenger

Don't know if the Circas would be an option or not...sometimes you can run across less expensive versions that do essentially the same thing.
But you would be able to remove the pages for the shrink and put them back in later.
I have also seen handmade journals that use the hardback covers from old books, paper cut to size and two binder rings.
Good luck and ::hugs:: to you both.
I have been dealing with a rampant case of ADD and I was finally able to get diagnosed this year. I got it under control and was feeling prett good only to find out I am susceptible to seasonal depression as well.

I recommend Circa

Hi there. I'm really sorry you are having to deal with all of this, but I admire the way you seem to be handling it.

I would recommend Circa, either the Compact or the Junior size, whichever fits best in your pocket or bag. That way you can write all you want, leave last week's pages with the doc, and be able to put them back in place later.

You could buy the nicely made notebooks I linked to above or you could roll your own, providing you have a punch and Circa rings.

The less exotic way, of course, would be to buy half-size notebook paper and a half-size 3-ring notebook. That would work too, and you might even be able to find nice quality paper.

I keep my personal journal in a Compact size circa notebook. That way I can wag it around with me in case I want to write in it during the day, but I keep completed pages at home in a storage folder so that if my journal fell into the wrong hands, prying eyes would only have at most that day's writings to feast upon. Not that my writings are that interesting, but the concern for privacy in my journaling has often kept me from writing in hardbound books.

-Sarah

hi Cravethesin

Your shrink sounds so imaginative! In this age of "here's your prescription, see you next week," working with someone interested in reading your thinking between sessions is beautiful.

For journal-writing, sometimes big and inviting is best -- you can spread out physically and mentally. You might want to check out Tristine Rainer's book, The New Diary. It was published in 1978, but if it hasn't been reissued, you can probably find it second-hand on powells.com, amazon, or another website. It's a lovely book, very generous -- she discusses therapeutic journal-writing, and she recommends those big, bound, black sketchbooks. Bound is difficult for all the reasons you mentioned, and I, too, think the Levenger Circa notebooks are a nice compromise between bound and loose-leaf. You don't need to invest in the leather action -- you can buy a much less expensive plastic-covered model (which is nice because you can "pimp" the cover), or just get the hole punch and stock up on plain paper and make your own cover. A nice three-ring option is the old-fashioned Duotang folder -- some of my students use those for their literature journals, and if you fill it up with notebook paper before using it, it does feel solid and "bound," but without the unnecessary bulk of a traditional binder. In any case, whatever works for you, but I hope you have some fun experimenting, and I'm wishing you all the best! Susan

Thank you!

Well, I've been recommended for psychiatric help since grade school. But I guess, it really takes ME to budge ME. So there.

Circa? Hmmmm.. I wonder if it is available in the Philippines? That's where I am. I would hate tearing down pages!

I have a Moleskine which I use for literary works, which I bring separately.

ADD? I have symptoms of it, especially in my manic phase. Nothing will keep me still!

If you can't find a Circa in the Philippines

Would a spiral notebook that's designed to have it's pages removed suit you?

I have a Spirax A5 notebook that I find very useful. The pages are perforated close to the spine. So I can write in the book when I'm out of the house, then remove the pages when I get home and put them in my binder.

They're probably available in the Philippines as they're available here in Australia and I've seen them in Malaysia.

*Hugs All Round* ...

Hi Cristina, I am sorry to hear about your predicament. :(

Quote: "I guess, it really takes ME to budge ME".

True. :)

Quote: "ADD? I have symptoms of it, especially in my manic phase. Nothing will keep me still!"

Lol, wait until you qualify before you start diagnosing young lady. ;)

I recommend you use a standard A5 ring binder with your favourite paper. Use a new page for each day and remember add the time and date. At the end of each day you can take the used pages out and put them safe until your next appointment.

The New Diary. was reissued in 2004 with a new introduction and yes I second Susan's recommendation. :)

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Haha

I was just commenting. I did not, in any way, mean to say that I was self-diagnosing. Please be careful. I did not reply when I read it because it kind of hurt me that you would perceive me as such. Don't treat me like a child, please.. Sorry to have to be abrasive here.

Anyway, thank you for the advice, people. I decided to just adapt the Hipster-style planner. I used 5x8 index cards because they MUST be lined, and I bought binder rings too. It turned out pretty well because I like the paper. I'm very particular with textures and lines, see.

Thank you for your time!

Journals and stuff

Hey there Cristina. I'm glad you found a format that will work for you. 5x8 sounds good - my journal is the "compact" size which is about 4 inches by 6.75". That's about as small as is reasonable for me but still portable. You might post a pic of your finished product, it could help someone else find a cool format for journaling. What kind of pen are you using?

I apologize for assuming that you were in the US - I didn't even look at your profile. I'm sure Levenger would ship you some Circa stuff... but it might cost a small fortune.

-Sarah

It's Okay

It's fine. Haha. Pen? Just a Gtech Pilot. I'm just a student. =)

Thanks! That's small. I write, if I may say so, copiously.

I will post it as soon as I can get my camera from the other house. I want to design it further, because it's too plain right now.