Mental health issues or mental illnesses are more common than we think in general. And often it goes unaddressed probably due to lack of awareness or due to fear of stigma. Additionally, when it is addressed and treated by professionals, it is essential to follow-up to keep it under check.
Going for a follow-up has the following benefits:
1. It helps to lower the risk of relapse.
2. One can get extra support to manage any symptoms.
3. It helps the practitioner to assess improvement and direct the course of action.
4. It helps in the transition from a therapeutic setup to a normal and regular lifestyle.
5. It helps one further to build progress on the improvements made during the treatment.
The possible reasons why follow up may stop in between are:
1. One might have relapsed
3. Getting disinterested or overconfident
What do professionals do in the follow-up?
1. They assess the improvement or evaluate any further risk factors
2. Determine new symptoms
3. Manage worsening signs and symptoms
4. Provide suggestions and guidance for further improvement
5. Adjust medications when necessary
Hence, taking follow-ups seriously can help an individual with faster mental health recovery and prevents any further deteriorations.