So, you've recovered? Been through the whole process eh? The trauma of developing a mental illness what ever it is, then the GP visits, losing friends, meds, losing family, psychiatrists, losing your mind. But eventually you have recovered enough to be back on track.....all the while hoping your meds will keep you in check. What if they dont?
Many of us have relapses all our lives. We read about them here- a lot. So, is medication enough to hold off a bout of depression, anxiety etc...likely not.
So cut to the chase what other preventative strategies can we implement to safe guard us from falling into the abyss? Ideas for "staying well"?
My wife and I have a friend "Joy". Joy lives alone after a 30 year marriage full of physical and mental abuse. She has a brother much older than her that visits her and stays a few days. Joy rents a house that is falling around her. While her brother visited she wanted to fix the sensor lights at the back door. Last summer she nearly stepped on a snake as she alighted her car one night. She proceeded to get a ladder and tools. Her brother stepped in to help. Her brother was not a natural handyperson and began to get frustrated with rotten wood and Joy's dog running a muck. They argued and Joy rocked up at our doorstep in tears.
"Why dont you just use a torch" I asked. She stared at me, then stared some more. This simple answer blew her away. So obvious to some, not to others. LED torches last a long time now and are bright and rechargable. You can even get a baseball cap with inbuilt torch now thats solar powered.
Also men from her brothers generation (baby boomer) havent adapted to women being able to be handy and they step in. So I suggested she ask her brother to "supervise". Giving his importance to himself to help his kid sister.
Sometimes people with MI automatically prevent further issues by their defenses. Not meeting new people or once they meet they dont pursue a close relationship. This might seem bad but this natural defence approach isnt so bad as long as some new people are chosen to seek a friendship. There is a happy medium, caution!. Choose people with similar interests, age and lifestyle but above all the same heart towards things like animal welfare, giving to others and interests.
Unfortunately we dont have crystal balls to tell us if they are vicious down the road. But we arent perfect so move on.
If you have an upset, take a break. Find a logical remedy if you can. Plan to avoid triggers if you can.