Unhappiness Epidemic
Are you finding yourself a part of an unhappiness epidemic?  Researchers have found sharp drops in reported happiness among adults since about 2000, and in adolescents since 2012.  While there are significant drops reported during economic hard times, such as the recession of 2009, there have not been associated rises in happiness as the economy has improved, making it unlikely that the economy is to blame for increased unhappiness. A recent study by Jean Twenge of San Diego State University, involving teenagers’ feelings of well-being (happiness) correlated with their free-time activities suggests that rising use of electronic devices may be the culprit. Every year, teens are asked about their general happiness, in addition to how they spend their time. We ... Read More
relationship breakup
Are you in a relationship breakup?  Breaking up can be a real “moodsurfing time” in ones life – ups are more up and downs are more down.  The loss of a marriage or intimate partnership can feel like a death in the family, and you have to give yourself permission to grieve the lost relationship, even as you look forward to the next step in life. Let’s look at a few techniques to help minimize the pain and get you moving forward: Take a break from each other. Don’t try to move directly from an intimate relationship into a more casual friendship, get some distance first.  Some people worry that keeping distance will make it less likely that a solid ... Read More
music and mood
Moodsurfing and Music. We’ve all felt the effect that music can have on moods, from a jumpy, cheerful marching band, to a sad-story country and western ballad to an uplifting inspirational song remembered from childhood, music can affect us powerfully, sometimes changing a whole day with just one excerpt on the radio during the morning commute. Syd Baumel in his book Dealing with Depression Naturally notes that there is surprisingly little research on how music affects mood, perhaps because the whole field is so complicated, with so many different kinds of music (and so many different kinds of moods). Nonetheless, our experience over the years has shown that music can be effectively used for moodsurfing. One caveat is that when trying ... Read More
How can something as simple as manipulating the time you sleep - chronotherapy - work so well to improve the quality of your sleep, your energy during the day and your mood? A young mother who has often complained of feeling tired with many problems with aches and pains came in with a big smile today… “I am feeling so much better because I have been going to sleep and getting up much earlier. I was finding my bedtime slipping later and later, and finding it harder and harder to get up out of bed, and yet feeling more and more exhausted during the day... Four nights ago I went to bed at 9:30 pm and got up at 5:30 ... Read More
Digital Phenotyping
Digital phenotyping is Tom Insel's fancy term for using some of the vast amount of data that our cell phones collect about our behavior to try to inform assessments of mental health diagnosis, symptoms and risk. Two years ago an article in JAMA Internal Medicine highlighted significant deficiencies in the way that smartphone-based conversational agents like Siri or Cortona responded to questions that pretty clearly suggested a risk for suicide or violence. Since then Silicon Valley has been hard at work trying to respond to these concerns. Facebook, in particular, has been spending a good deal of time creating strategies for identifying those at risk of suicide and then figuring out how best to respond. This is just the most obvious way ... Read More
Bipolar Bloggers
Moodsurfing has often advocated for community support building as an important component of living creatively with moods, and we are also looking carefully at the still fairly new world of online communities.  Now we have three offerings of lists of “Bipolar Bloggers” that readers may want to explore. Reading blogs about other people’s experiences struggling with moods can be either encouraging or discouraging.  Some bloggers make an effort to emphasize positive approaches to living with mental illness, while others just use their blogs to vent about whatever the mood of the moment may be.  So do use some caution, yet there are a lot of resources available on these blogs, such as books, websites, research, and testimonies of personal experience ... Read More

About MoodSurfing

Welcome to, the site that highlights strategies for living creatively with moods and coping with depression. This site is for people with bipolar, depression, cyclothymia, and others who experience powerful moods and want to figure out how to integrate these experiences into successful lives.

Although most of us are mental health clinicians of one kind or another, this site is not about providing people with medical or clinical advice (see below). We hope that we can help you cope with depression, maybe even allow you to live well with moods. 

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We have done a series of interviews with people who have interesting things to say about different aspects of living creatively with moods. You can find those under the heading “Conversations.


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