- Interpersonal friction
- Feeling overwhelmed or having too much to do
- Being judged or criticized
- Ending a relationship
- Physical illness
The temptation to stop treatment on your own is another trigger, one that can lead to a downward spiral. Mary, 45, of Western Massachusetts, almost landed in the hospital during a suicidal depressive episode when she decided to go cold turkey. "What happens is I begin to feel great, and I rationalize that less is better when it comes to medication," she says.
Turning relapse into recovery
Here are some other strategies to try if you think that you are experiencing signs of a relapse.
- Talk to your relatives or friends who form your support network and tell them what's going on.
- Let your doctor know and ask for advice and direction, regarding taking medication, going to the hospital, or seeing a therapist/crisis counselor right away.
- Get someone to stay with you until you feel better, especially if you feel suicidal.
- Take some time off from work or your personal obligations so that you can attend to your health.