Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Prevent a Relapse of #Anxiety or #Depression

A cure from Depression or Anxiety Disorders is often brought about by the twin efforts of psychotherapy and medication.It is often a steep up-hill climb,but even after a cure,the danger of a relapse,The Black Dog lurking in the shadows,cannot be ruled out;given the patients susceptibility and the exigencies of life.

The problem is compounded for those who had been on psychiatric medicine for a long time.As they phase it off--under the guidance of a doctor of course--it is necessary to be prepared for the appearance of withdrawal symptoms.These are often similar to those of a relapse,and it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the two.The withdrawal symptoms are best left to the doctor to manage,but the patient can take some precautions to guard against a relapse.

As with all mental disorders,it is best to nip such an eventuality in the bud.A few simple measures given below can prevent this from happening:--

1-First of all,smother this fear that you are slipping back into a mental disorder.Everyone has low moods now and then,and gets out of them too,as you too shall.You have left the jungle far behind,these bushes and brambles cannot push you back there again.

2-Identify the triggers which bring on the blues and avoid them as far as possible.

3-Don't focus on the many ways in which you find yourself lacking,negative self-talk is never judicious.

4-In order to divert your mind,think about those you associate with-what sort of lives they have and the difficulties which they probably face.Note how they solve their problems.


5-If a specific problem is giving you the jitters,shelve it for a while.You can take it up later when you are in a better frame of mind.

6-Consult a mental health professional if you are unsure of your ability to handle this on your own.

7-Desist from thinking about the future,imagining sorrowful scenarios.Live in the present,nurture it with enthusiasm.

8-If you rue the lack of love,companionship or excitement in your life then think instead,of how you can fill this emptiness.Take prompt action.

9-Treat yourself to a good meal,a nice buy or a much awaited excursion.

10-Don't skip on your daily routine,adhering to it will give you a sense of control and accomplishment.It will also keep you from ruminating,which is what you will likely do if you have more spare time.

11-Wear,clean,well-ironed,trendy clothes;you will feel good if you look good.

12-Go out,meet people,smile at them and talk to them.

Anxiety-prone individuals tend to think too much about minor ailments,routine problems or upcoming challenges.Negative thoughts and concomitant fears plunge them into depression,post which they become asocial and inactive.With so much time on their hands and not many people around to cheer them up,their depression deepens more.

Therefore,whenever you find yourself leaning towards negativity,get busy doing something you enjoy doing or come out of your shell and meet people.These are simple measures but they work.

22 comments :

  1. hi Indu, I loved your informative post. Keep sharing.

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    1. Thank you Rekha,glad you liked it :))

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  2. Very informative. One of my friends had faced this. Now she is fine.These are very useful tips.

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    1. Thank you Ranjana.I am happy she is fine now,this demands a lot of diligence.

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  3. I would like to say this helps rather than it is informative...I have had ups and downs on anxiety but it has not permanently left. Would love to have a chat with you on this topic Induji.

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    1. Sorry about this Shweta.It would be nice to have this talk with you,which platform do you prefer?Is facebook OK?We will fix up a time.
      Cheer up now

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    2. yes facebook is good Induji, are we connected there?

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    3. Sorry to be late Shweta.I have checked,we are not connected there.Why don't you come to indu.sahyog@gmail.com ?

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  4. Very helpful and informative. a continuous support is always necessary to heal anxiety....as i felt observing some people.

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    1. Very true--continuous support,the family should also join.
      Thanks for stopping by Jyotirmoy

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  5. Quite informative, and helpful. :-)

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  6. Now a days I see that people have very low threshold for patience and tolerance, a little something against their will and they feel depressed.Whereas life nevr goes the way we want.

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    1. You said it Renu.You and i should explore why patience is at its nadir,maybe we can write about it.It is very disturbing to be a witness to such behaviour.

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  7. Nice post. There is endogenous depression as well as depression related to ups and downs of life. I think endogenous depression is due to systemic reason and needs lifelong therapy.

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    1. This is an important addition,thank you Abhijit :)

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  8. The battles of the mind are never won once and for all are they?

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    1. Methinks it is the innate predilections which come to the fore when defences are weak.

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  9. Always good to read up such posts. Never know when you might need it.

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    1. Encouraging words Purba,I sometimes wonder about the efficacy of such posts :(

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  10. This is informative. And no 9 is something I also believe in. Do something that you like. Anything. Treat yourself with that chocolate you love. Visit places you like. Talk to your loved ones. Anything that will trigger feel good feeling in you. Nicely written Indu. Glad to have made your acquaintance here.

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    1. Nitin welcome to jeeteraho and thanks a lot for pepping my morale :)

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