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Preparing foran Episode

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.

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Episode Triggers

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:

  • Stopping medication or not taking medication as prescribed
  • Using drugs and/or alcohol
  • Being under stress or overwhelmed
  • Illness or death of a loved one
  • Other major life changes

Understanding Episodes Worksheet

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.

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Managing Episodes

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.

  • Triggers and warning signs
  • Things to do when you recognize warning signs
  • List of emergency contact information for you or your loved one’s doctor/treatment team members
  • Preferences for medication, medication history treatments, and providers
  • List of support network members who can help
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What’s Next?

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