Being prepared for an episode is the first step towards managing it when it occurs. That’s why it’s important to create a plan, learn about the triggers, and find a treatment that will help you stay on track.
Some situations or behaviors—called triggers—can lead to an episode. Knowing your triggers can help you develop strategies to deal with them and reduce the risk of episodes. Triggers are different for everyone, but can include:
Here’s a worksheet to help you take control of your recovery journey, and better understand what it means to experience a mental health episode.
“My dream world overtakes my reality and I start dreaming while I’m awake.” — Joshua
Work with your treatment team when you are feeling well to create a crisis plan. This way, you can make sure your preferences and needs are respected during times you may not be able to voice them or participate in making decisions about your treatment. It’s a good idea to share your crisis plan with members of your treatment team and support network.