What is Journal Writing?

Category: Others


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 88 21
General health 53 13
Memory problems 43 10
Increase effect of another treatment 22 6
Cognitive impairment 16 0
Anxious mood 14 3

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Journal Writing

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

Show all 8 reported side effects


Based on patients currently using Journal Writing

Dosage Patients
30minutes as needed 9
30 min daily 7
20 min daily 4
1 hr daily 3
1 other daily 2
10 min daily 2
60 min daily 2
15minutes as needed 2
1hours as needed 2
1other as needed 2

See all 25 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Journal Writing

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 16
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 2
See all 21 patients who've stopped using Journal Writing


Currently using Journal Writing

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 26

Stopped using Journal Writing

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 4
Adherence Evaluations
Always 16
Usually 29
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 40
Not specified 30
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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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