Recommendations for improving quality of life

when living with a mental disorder:


1. Become familiar with your disorder – read about it, talk to professionals, know your drugs, and join a support group.


2. Be involved in your treatment - Share with your doctor information required for him to treat you better, be sincere. Dare to ask questions and make requests. Together you will be able to achieve better treatment results.


3. Get ready for an emergency - it is advisable to prepare yourself for times of crisis. Get phone numbers that you can call in times like this - your therapist, emergency lines, the emergency room.


4. Avoid alcohol and drugs - they will destroy the balance you strived so much achieve. They look so tempting in times of crisis, but they will harm your recovery process.


5. Beware of drug interactions - any drug, dietary supplement, health product and even radical changes in your diet require consultation with your doctor.


6. Keep a regular day and sleep plan - a lack of sleep can be a trigger for worsening. In addition, a change in the number of hours you sleep may indicate a deterioration. Ensuring a consistent daily routine will protect you.


7. Save time for yourself - Do not overload the activities one after another.


8. Know the signals of recurrence - What were the first signs before? Changes in sleep, you feel overwhelmed, loss of interest in people around you? Impulsivity, changes in appetite or libido? If you are unsure, consult with your family and ask them for an honest response.


9. Do not hesitate to ask for help - Call your therapist when you are at need.


10. Participate in a support group or contact the mental health treatment.


11. Create yourself a support network - teach the closest to about your disorder, choose those who want to learn, who accept it and the need for treatment.


12. Try to maintain regular physical activity, preferably with a balanced diet and meals at fixed times. That way you will reduce the tendency for gaining weight of certain drugs.


13. If you do not work at this point - consider volunteer work, rehabilitation or developing your hobbies.


14. Know the stressors in your life, try to avoid or regulate them.