Warning Signs & Relapse Prevention

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The understanding of warning signs for depression and mania is essential for the prevention of a relapse.

Relapse prevention also involves learning helpful strategies to ensure appropriate responses to those warning signs, thus avoiding hospitalisation.

What are you ‘Triggers’?

  • Pressures and stress
  • Lack of adherence to medication
  • Work
  • Family pressures
  • Social factors
  • Poor relationship with health professionals
  • Unrealistic goals
  • Stigma
Warning-Signs-&-Relapse-Prevention

Self-monitoring by clients is crucial. GPs / consultants work with clients to help them identify warning signs and devise effective strategies for dealing with them before things become worse.

Warning Signs/Depression

  • Increased anxiety
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Gloomy or ideas
  • Feeling irritable
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling guilty
  • Thinking about death
  • Lack of motivation apathy
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Nothing seems enjoyable
  • Feeling very emotional
  • Feeling worthless
  • Don’t feel like seeing people

Mania

  • Ideas flowing too fast
  • Feeling emotionally high
  • Feeling strong, powerful
  • Feeling creative
  • Feeling irritable
  • Inability or unwillingness to sleep
  • Being very excitable
  • Spending money more freely
  • Being uninhibited
  • Inflated self-esteem, arrogance
  • Impulsive decision making
  • Hallucinations visual auditory
  • Rapid speech
  • Acute paranoia
  • Sexually promiscuous
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