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Relapse, the warning signs for an episode

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Unity Submitted on the 2010/05/09 22:02:22
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What are the early warning signs?

Before symptoms of psychosis such as hearing voices, thought withdrawal and delusional ideas return, they are often preceded by other earlier signs or changes. These are known as 'early warning signs'. This is similar to other physical health problems. For example, before we develop full blown flu we may start with having a sore throat or blocked nose or feel under the weather. Psychosis is often preceded by a number of different signs or symptoms which can occur days or sometimes weeks before. Early warning signs typically include changes in the way you are thinking, feeling or behaving.

Common early warning signs are:

The person may become:

Suspicious of others
Depressed or low
Tense, afraid or anxious
Irritable and snappy
More quiet and withdrawn
Puzzled about strange experiences.

A person may experience:

Sleep disturbance
Appetite changes
Mood changes
Loss of energy or motivation
Difficulty in concentrating or remembering things.

A person may feel:

That their thoughts are speeded up or slowed down
That things are somehow different
Things around them seem changed
Puzzled about strange experiences
Restless.

Often family and friends are the first to notice when:

A persons behaviour changes
A persons study or work deteriorates
A person becomes more withdrawn or isolated
A person is no longer interested in socialising and begins to neglect their appearance or hygiene
A person becomes less active
A person appears confused or puzzled.

Different people will have different patterns of early warning signs both in terms of the type of early warning signs experienced and in what order they experience them. There are quite a range of possible early signs, some of which may be quite specific and unique for a particular person.

Early signs tend to follow a similar pattern each time a person is unwell. We call this specific pattern of early signs changes a 'relapse signature'.

These changes might be a reaction to stressful events such as hassles at school, problems at work or in relationships. Equally, they can be early warning signs of a developing psychosis and it is important that these changes are checked out and that you begin to do something about them early rather than leaving them to get worse and allowing a full relapse to occur.

Recognising your own early warning signs in order to help prevent relapse, will help you to feel you have control over your illness rather than feeling that it controls you.
Early warning signs are important because they can help you to recognise signs of relapse taking place altogether, or to reduce the severity of the relapse and avoid hospital admission.

Once you have identified your early signs of relapse signature, it is important then to learn how to manage those signs and to begin to take responsibilty for yourself and identify ways to maintain your wellbeing.
This involves developing skills to recognise and control early warning signs of relapse.

You will find that as you begin to learn to recognise and manage early signs you will feel more confident and in control as you begin to trust your own judgement and take action to help yourself stay well.

Ask a professional involved with your care to assist you in identifying your early signs and developing a relapse prevention plan in response to your particular early signs of relapse signature.



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Unity Submitted on the 2019/02/07 12:57:53
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Please learn to identify and not just assume an episode...




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


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