Chapter 8

Graph Your Success

A GRAPH FOR each symptom you are rating each day can greatly help track your progress and allow you to look back at how far you have come.

See an example below of how to fill in the graph. The next page is a blank graph for you to copy or recreate on your own.

Pre-Taper / Taper (Circle one) Day # Rate with the #1 being the best and use #10 as the worst.

Symptom Anxiety
 Date  1/2  1/3  1/4  1/5  1/6  1/7  1/8

This is a normal daily trend during the beginning of the pre-taper. If you have already quit taking the medication and are suffering from withdrawal side effects, make sure you use these graphs. I understand you need hope, and seeing for yourself may spark the hope that inspires you to continue and make it back.

After graphing each day and symptom for a period of time, you will see a longer-term trend. Placing each graph side-by-side you can easily see your ratings for several weeks and your trend for each symptom.

Make sure you take your Daily Journal and graphs to your doctor visits.

By running each graph for seven days, you can attach one completed graph to seven days of your Daily Journal and create a weekly file.