What to Do When Your Mental Illness Seems Worse

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When mental illness symptoms worsen, it can make you feel like giving up. Learn 7 strategies to help you get back on track at HealthyPlace.

What to Do When Your Mental Illness Seems Worse

It's frustrating when mental illnesses worsen. However, you don't have to give in to worsening mental illness symptoms, and you definitely don't need to give up. The following strategies can help you get back on track:

  • Reach out. Having even one person who can support you can help you through these tough times.
  • Write down what's happening, and use it as a tool for communication.
  • From your description of what's happening with your mental illness symptoms, list what's bothering you the most. It will help you know where to start the healing process.
  • Make an appointment with your mental health provider. Have someone accompany you to provide insight and write down any instructions you receive.
  • Create a daily self-care plan. Ensure that you're eating well, resting enough, exercising, and doing something enjoyable every day.
  • Before bed each night, sketch out a simple plan for your next day. Having a daily routine planned will help provide structure.
  • Notice what you're doing well instead of being hard on yourself for having a difficult time. Recognize that you're doing what it takes to keep going. That is a definition of a survivor.

When your mental illness seems worse, take action with these suggestions. If you are in crisis, use the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: or 1-800-273-8255. Also check out our Suicide Information, Resources and Support page for additional help.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you've experienced a flare-up of mental illness symptoms, what have you done to start moving forward again? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, December 14). What to Do When Your Mental Illness Seems Worse, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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