Young people with serious mental health conditions will have times when things are going really well, symptoms are under control and daily routines are possible.
Sometimes, during times of stress or change, symptoms can prove challenging once again. These times are often referred to as ‘relapses’. Sometimes relapse will require hospital admission or an inpatient stay in a residential facility similar to The Wave. Sometimes the consequences of a relapse or worsening of symptoms can have more serious consequences. Without inpatient support symptoms can escalate requiring a crisis intervention.
The most common type of ‘relapse’ is related to medication. Sometimes, we feel driven or able to stop medication suddenly or to reduce without medical supervision. Sometimes, we feel able to stop as we have had some ‘good times’ which lead us to belts we that we may no longer need the help of medication or mental health teams.
‘Relapses’ can also happen even when medication is taken correctly, during very challenging times.
Triggers to relapse can include:
Stopping prescribed medication
Reducing prescribed medication
Using drugs and alcohol
Moving home, starting university
Major life changes
Developing skills for you and your family to cope with these times is one of specialities of mental health teams. Here at The Wave we have intensive family weeks where all members of the family are invited to participate and learn new skills. Living in close proximity to our teams, allows the family to benefit from our intervention in the little things, not just the big challenges.
Some relapses are slow burning. You may notice small but significant changes in behavior. Other relapses are sudden. Watching for your own triggers or symptoms in someone you care about can prevent a crisis.
Look out for:
Changes to sleep patterns
Changes to medication
Hiding, manipulating or lying
Feeling tense, stressed and snappy
Non attendance of school, work or uni
Hearing sounds or voices
Seeing things that others cannot see
Smelling unusual smells
Complaining of unusual tastes
Not taking care of personal hygiene
Feelings of being watched
Taking bigger risks than usual
Changes in sexual behaviors
If you notice symptoms and you are worried, call you Doctor or the clinical team at The Wave +60128282762
There are several things that we can take part in to prevent relapse:
Talking to others. Sharing our experiences
Attending regular therapy or group therapy
Taking medications as prescribed
Joining support groups
Learning about your symptoms and the causes
Discussing changes in medication with your mental health team
Yoga, stretching and gentle daily activities
Avoiding drugs and alcohol
For all mental health admission enquiries call The Wave on +60 32 727 1799