Relapse Warning Signs of Different Ages – #MentalHealthAwareness

Hey my Lovelies,

Welcome Back!! I didn’t exactly go anywhere, but I did take a little breather from blogging. I also haven’t posted any #MentalHealthAwareness posts in quite a few months so this will be the first post of 2019 for Mental Health Mondays

Today I’m going to speak about mental health relapse warning signs that can be identified in different ages.

Let’s split this up into three groups:

  • Adults/Young Adults
  • Older children/pre-adolescent
  • Younger children


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MHA - Adult relapse - Laura Spoonie


In Adults, Young Adults & Adolescents:

  • Confused thinking
  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Strange thoughts (delusions)
  • Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance use


MHA - Older children/pre-adolescents relapse - Laura Spoonie


In Older Children & Pre-Adolescents:

  • Substance use
  • Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Excessive complaints of physical ailments
  • Changes in ability to manage responsibilities – at home and/or at school
  • Defiance of authority, truancy, theft, and/or vandalism
  • Intense fear
  • Prolonged negative mood, often accompanied by poor appetite or thoughts of death
  • Frequent outbursts of anger

MHA - younger children relapse - Laura Spoonie


In Younger Children:

  • Changes in school performance
  • Poor grades despite strong efforts
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Excessive worry or anxiety (i.e. refusing to go to bed or school)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums


The imporatance of recognising Mental Health relapse warning signs

It’s important to try and recognise these signs of mental health relapse in yourself and in others. RECOGNITION could be the first steps to getting the proper treatment, whether that being a self-care intervention or attention from mental health professionals.

Individually, some of the aforementioned behaviours range from being moderately concerning to highly concerning. Also, someone could be experiencing one or two of the signs mentioned above OR could possibly be experiencing almost all of them which would most certainly indicate the need for professional assistance for the safety of the individual and possibly others.

If in doubt it’s best to seek professional advice to get a more accurate overview as to what the reason could be behind certain behaviours. Definitely, don’t listen to your ‘Neigbourhood Dr’ with a Degree in Wikipedia who has a habit of blaming all behaviours solely on food and/or lack of positive thinking. There is a multitude of factors that could be the cause for someone’s mental illness relapse or for them struggling with their mental health, ie. Trauma, weather, hormones, chemical imbalance etc.


If you suspect yourself or someone you know is experiencing any of these then help is available.


Here are a few external Mental Health Organisation links for you to check out 

Online support for Mental Health:


I’m going to try my hardest to carry on blogging and uploading content for Mental Health Mondays as well as Product Reviews, Chronic Illness Articles and also posts about my Personal Development.

I’ve been in Therapy sessions since the beginning of the year for my own Mental Health, I will do an update post on how that has been going, soon.

For now, I’d like to say thank you for stopping by, reading and subscribing to my blog.



I’m going to go ahead and mention a MA-HOOSIVE milestone that a friend of mine, (that I have collaborated on my blog with before) has accomplished.

Johnzelle Anderson – Perfectly Imperfectly has just opened up his solo practice for psychotherapy as an independent therapist. Very Proud, Bro 🎉

Check out the post of Johnzelle moving into his new office space – HERE 


Connect with Johnzelle:

Psychology Today – HERE 

Panoramic Counselling –HERE

Panoramic Counselling Blog – HERE

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4 thoughts on “Relapse Warning Signs of Different Ages – #MentalHealthAwareness

  1. Great post!!! I’ll definitely be pinning this one! And thank’s so much for the shoutout! Looking forward to the post about how therapy is going. So happy you took some time to take care of yourself!

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