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What Can You Do When Faced With Relapse?

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor

What Can You Do When Faced With Relapse?There is no word in the English language I despise more than “relapse.”

Because by the time I use it, I have suffered months of agonizing depression that involves the typical symptoms you check off at a psychiatrist’s office: overwhelming guilt, fantasizing about death, no energy, lots of tears, trouble sleeping, eating too much (or too little), trouble concentrating, difficulty doing just about anything but obsessing about how bad you feel and crying enough to keep Kleenex in business.

Here are a few strategies I use when I start to relapse… when my symptoms don’t abate for weeks on end and when I’m scared I will never again wake up excited for a new day.

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What Can You Do When Faced With Relapse?

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  1. Therese,
    I too suffer from prolonged depression so I appreciate you thoughts and strategies, and mantras. Getting help early is key because friends and family don’t know what’s involved, and what they want and what’s best for you may not be the same. Keep on writing. Best wishes to you and to all in the struggle with depression. JG

  2. Great strategies for fighting depression. I know very well how difficult it is. Each little thing that you can do to get through the day and not fall further into the depression helps. Keep fighting!! That’s all we can do.

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