Many people suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. For some people, the illness is relatively short-lived, but many people must receive some type of treatment for their mental illness for many long years or even for the rest of their lives. Some people may be inclined to stop seeking treatment as soon as they feel better, but this can be detrimental if it is against a doctor’s orders. These are a few of the reasons why someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness should continue to seek treatment as long as it is recommended by their doctor.

Cyclical Symptoms or Behaviors
Some conditions, such as bipolar depression and others, have cyclical behavior. With bipolar depression, a person may feel normal for a period of time, and then they may hit a manic point where they have extreme highs or lows. Medication may extend the length of normal periods, and it may also decrease the severity of manic episodes. This is only one of many types of mental illnesses that may have periods where the individual feels normal, healthy or in some way cured.

Daily Stressors
With depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other types of mental illnesses, daily stressors can be problematic. A person may feel normal when days that are relatively carefree and relaxed. However, a bad day can trigger a downward spiral that may be difficult to recover from. For people with bulimia, depression and anxiety can be triggers as well. Following recommendations from a mental health treatment center or bulemia treatment center may be essential for long-term health.

Medication Therapy
Many people prefer to live a life off of medication, so there may be an inclination for some patients to take themselves off of prescription medications when they begin to feel better. However, there is a good chance that part of the reason why an individual is feeling better is because of the medication. Furthermore, the recommendation for many prescription medications used to treat mental health conditions is to wean off of them gradually. This is to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

If you are receiving treatment for a mental health disorder, it is important to communicate openly with your doctor about your symptoms as well as about your desire to wean off of medication or treatment if you feel better. Avoid making any decisions about your treatment without medical assistance. In addition, follow your doctor’s instructions regarding weaning off of medications for the best results.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.