on Tuesday, 23 June 2020.


Mental health symptoms can come and go for those diagnosed with any kind of mental illness.

Relapses are periods when the symptoms return so severely that they begin to affect your quality of life or day-to-day functioning. Relapses are more common under stress or a stray from a healthy routine. Avoiding relapses is all about knowing yourself and what triggers them within you, as everyone is different.

A tool most used is a relapse prevention plan. This outlines what unique qualities make you vulnerable to suffering from your mental diagnoses and how to spot them quickly before suffering.

1.        Triggers

Identifying situations or events that triggered past relapses can help prevent future ones. A variety of variables can trigger relapses. A few examples of these are stress, isolation, physical health, insomnia, substance abuse or abandoning activities that usually balance and maintain your mental wellbeing.

2.        Warning Signs

Triggers can become so consuming that many may stop caring for themselves how they normally would. To recognize warning signs early, identify what symptoms you experience. These may differ from anyone else’s and are often very subtle. For example, changes in your behavior or emotions are common warning signs. Take a look back on your experiences and see if you can detect any in retrospect.

Red flags also include insomnia, loss of appetite, low emotional stability or decreased intellectual functioning, problems concentrating, disengaging from usual activities, change in thought processing or difficulty getting along with others. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone has unique warning signs and that a red flag for one may differ for another. It’s also vital to be selfish and introspective in this process. Before anything, focus on your own mental wellbeing. By looking at your situation from an outside view, you may find answers to help you in warding off a relapse.

If unable to resolve the symptoms yourself, you’re never alone. Sometimes symptoms are so severe that some need hospitalization. If you can’t note your triggers, symptoms or simply function in your day-to-day life, schedule an appointment with us at ITM to work towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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