Assistance for everyday life
Avoid relapses and learn to master crises
Suffering from a relapse of a psychosis is a burden for everyone affected and also for their relatives and friends. The best prophylaxis against having a relapse is to take one's medications routinely. Without this medicinal prophylaxis against a relapse, 8 from 10 afflicted persons are seen to suffer a relapse, while only 2 of 10 persons of those who follow this relapse prophylaxis suffer from a relapse.
The following tips should help you to prevent a relapse and to master crises successfully:
- Even if you have endured the psychosis well, there is a high risk of suffering from a relapse. The medications are not only effective against the acute symptoms, but also help to prevent a relapse.
- Without a treatment against relapses through the use of medications, a relapse of the psychosis can be expected in 80% of the cases.
- If you have problems with the daily administration of the medication, discuss the possibility of obtaining a depot preparation with your doctor, i.e. the administration of an antipsychotic drug in the form of an injection every 2 to 4 weeks.
- If you discontinue the medications, you will feel better directly afterward. This effect is known as the "honeymoon effect". It generally lasts 1 to 4 weeks, after which the first early warning signs of a relapse frequently appear.
- Early warning signs for a psychotic relapse are different for each individual, the most common of which you will find listed to the right. Prepare a list of your personal early warning signs and keep this list handy so that you can check it at any time.
- If you experience these early warning signs, immediately contact your doctor or therapist. An early adjustment of the medication together with a reduction in the stress can also prevent relapses that are already beginning.
- Should a therapeutic team be available for you at home, inform them concerning your current psychological instability.
My crisis plan and crisis intervention form
Take the time to previously plan how you should proceed in the event of future possible crises. You can then print out the crisis intervention form! Please fill out the following crisis intervention form along with your therapist.