It’s a good idea to have predetermined strategies for each warning sign. For some, writing down relapse prevention strategies can be useful, because when a mood episode is brewing it may become more difficult to think clearly.
It’s important to communicate any warning signs to your psychiatrist/therapist/treatment team/family/spouse, because the interventions may include changes in medication, an extra visit, therapy sessions, or other recommendations. Similarly if you’re involved in a peer support group, and again this is highly recommended, contact with a group member may provide added strategies to rapidly address concerns and symptoms. The following questions provide common warning signs of relapse and strategies that can help.