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What Do You Do When You're Starting To Relapse?


mellabella

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Hi guys,

I've been going well for the last 3 months but i can feel myself slipping a bit now. Feeling more flat and anxious than usual (or more often) and things are becoming more and more of an effort. Could be due to working more hours than usual. It's not as bad as it has been in the past but bad enough to scare me a little bit. I don't want to end up in hospital again but I have that exhausted feeling that usually builds and leads to an admission eventually. What do you do when you notice your early warning signs popping up?

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Hmm I should contact my psychiatrist before he closes for the Christmas break but I don't want to... I have an appointment booked for mid January so I could wait till then. I have a therapist appointment on Christmas Eve then she's away for 3 weeks.

I also have a break from work for 2 weeks which I think will really help and then I go back to being part time (Phew!). I'll try to get lots of sleep and exercise and socialise in moderation. Any other suggestions?

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In a relapse I can spiral out of control very quickly if I don't catch the early signs. Luckily I have been able to catch things more quickly with age and experience. I go the doctor right away.

What helps me a lot is to a take a test like the Burns Depression Test and look for any downward trends. If I am trending downwards I make haste to get to see the doc.

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Have you tried the moodscope website? it allows you to measure your mood every day and then see how you're going up or down over time. Sometimes just realizing you're a bit under par helps, I find, so if I know I'm not feeling great, make doubly sure I make myself do some of the nurturing things and see if I can offload any of the draining chores and often that gives me a little boost and then I feel good about having helped myself too so double boost. It's not easy though.

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I don't know yet...I'm still working on the recovery part....but when I have good days, I try to remember what I did. I know that for me, feeling good is a result of action, even if that action is engaging in conscious, mindful thinking to start with or a bit of writing like this.

Now, I'm going to plan the next 30 minutes of work and start into it.

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Thanks for your replies guys. I keep a mood calendar and have definitely noticed more down days than the last month or two.

Walking helps me a lot too Girly or yoga if I can drag myself there. I'll try to do more of that and hang in there till my appointment in January. :)

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Just a side note that I've been doing an at home yoga thing online this week. It's called DoYouYoga.com and they're only 10-20 min sessions so it's not too intimidating. And you don't have to get yourself anywhere but your floor which helps with the motivation haha.

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I try to hold on, I keep hopeful that the dark moment will soon pass, and they do.I truly to stay off that damned roller coaster.

I meditate, read scripture and see something positive

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Karen it sounds like you've had a lot going on! I found the Christmas break busy too although it was good to catch up with people. I get worse when I'm tired too. Are things calming down at all now?

Vega I like meditating too. Today I went to the beach with my 2 year old niece which was very therapeutic because she makes me laugh so much. :)

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