Mental health recovery is a fragile process. Chemical imbalances in the brain can cause extreme reactions or an inability to handle stress or anxiety. Recovery requires patient, disciplined diagnoses of any and all co-occurring psychological disorders. The entire process can be undermined by any number of personal crises if the patient hasn’t learned to handle these challenges well.
A wide range of circumstances can present significant challenges someone recovering from a mental health problem. A few of the most common obstacles to recovery include the following situations:
For some people even the smallest events can become life-threatening crises.
The most effective mental health recovery programs will prepare each patient for future crises. Coping techniques developed during treatment can greatly improve a patient’s lasting recovery despite their eventual exposure to crises. A few examples of the coping techniques taught to those in treatment include the following:
It is important for anyone recovering from a mental health disorder to plan a survival plan for crises. It is often too late to handle your problems if you wait for a crisis to think about your recovery. The following are a few examples of crisis coping plans that may be helpful:
If your mental health recovery program has not fully prepared you for crises, you may benefit from additional treatment. Our helpline is toll free, and our recovery experts are ready 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have. We can connect you with the best recovery resources available for your unique needs. There is no shame in seeking help, only in denying it when offered. We’re ready to help as soon as you call.