What is Journal Writing?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications


Generic name: Writing

See also: Creative Writing/Poetry

A journal is a continued series of writings by a person in response to their life experiences and events. Diaries contain a description of daily events. A journal may include those descriptions, but it also contains reflections on what took place and expresses emotions and understandings about them.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 89 23
General health 55 26
Memory problems 44 12
Increase effect of another treatment 22 6
Cognitive impairment 16 0
Anxious mood 14 3

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  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 8
None 72

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Journal Writing

Side effect Patients Percentage
Stress 2
Anxious mood 1
Flashbacks 1
Guilt or self blame 1
Muscle soreness 1
Pain in fingers 1

Show all 7 reported side effects


Based on patients currently using Journal Writing

Dosage Patients Percentage
30 min daily 4
15 min daily 3
15minutes as needed 3
30minutes as needed 3
1 hr daily 2
1 other daily 2
2 hr weekly 1
30 min weekly 1
10 min daily 1
20 min every other day 1

See all 16 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Journal Writing

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 17
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 2
See all 22 patients who've stopped using Journal Writing


Currently using Journal Writing

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 19

Stopped using Journal Writing

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 4
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 23
Usually 33
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 40
Not specified 43
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6 patient evaluations for Journal Writing

Sep 15, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4 hr Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 15, 2010 (Started Nov 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for For my Dr.)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I have trouble putting into words my feelings when I talk. I also have problems remembering how I have been feeling. Writing this down helps convey my thoughts and feelings before I forget them. It's almost like talking to someone. I find it helps me and would tell anyone to at least give it a try for a month. I have been doing this since 10/09. I never go back and re-read or change anything. On page 179

Oct 16, 2009 (Started Nov 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for For my Dr.)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I write just like I was talking to my Dr. I put the time I go to bed how I slept (if any) what I did during the day. My short term memory is awful so I have to write several times a day or I will forget how I was feeling or what I did. I write down what makes me mad, the frustrations of memory loss and depression and other mental problems. I also write down my physical problems, some days are better than others, but if I didn't write it down I could never remember. I always feel better after writing about it if I have had a bad day or moment. One thing I don't do is go back and re-read what I wrote. I keep it for about 2 weeks then I see her (Dr.) I print out what she has not read yet, then I come home and make all the text white. I still have all I have wrote, I just think it's a good idea not to re-read it myself. I started this last October (2009) and I'm on page 110.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 26, 2010 (Started May 25, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 min Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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