What is Writing?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

Most popular types: Journal Writing Creative Writing/Poetry Free Writing Show all

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Writing is a form of creativity that allows a person to express themselves.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 100 24
General health 61 17
Memory problems 44 12
Increase effect of another treatment 26 7
Anxious mood 25 6
Cognitive impairment 18 0

Show all 92 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 9
None 71

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Writing

Side effect Patients
Stress 2
Anxious mood 1
Emotional issues 1
Feeling of hopeless and irremediable social/emotional isolation 1
Flashbacks 1
Guilt or self blame 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Writing

Dosage Patients
30 min daily 9
30minutes as needed 7
20 min daily 6
1 hr daily 3
15 min daily 3
15minutes as needed 3
1 other daily 2
10 min daily 2
60 min daily 2
1other as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Writing

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 19
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 2
See all 24 patients who've stopped using Writing

Duration

Currently using Writing

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 27

Stopped using Writing

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 18
Usually 34
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 46
Not specified 37
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7 patient evaluations for Writing

Apr 15, 2017 (Started Nov 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • 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
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • 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
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • 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
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