Major Depression is a chronic disorder that is managed by positive coping skills, medication, counselling and personal support. Due to this disorder being long-term, a person will experience more than one depressive episode in their life. Recurring episodes disrupt social functioning, family relationships and all aspects of a person’s life. Furthermore, if a person stops taking their medication, there is a chance of relapse within 3 months.
Mood disorders require self-management by taking charge of your mental health. Preparing ahead of time while you are free of symptoms will help you cope with future episodes. Are there specific situations or stressors that trigger your depression? What are the early warning signs that your mood is becoming low and that you are having difficulty functioning? These are important questions to ask yourself while you are stable and feeling well.
There are several things you can do to help recognize and prepare for a future relapse: chart your moods and monitor your symptoms, continue taking your medication, establish what your early warning signs are, and be aware of your triggers.
Keep in mind that relapse in major depression is part of the disorder, and not a character flaw. In the past you have recovered from an episode and you will do it again. Think of it as a bump in the road and move forward.
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