Relapsing is part of the cycle of a Bipolar Sufferers life. Whether you are on medication or not relapsing happens. It is painful as it leaves one feeling hopeless.
You can normally predict a relapse by behaviours and emotions. This is where having a mood journal can assist you. Having a relapse can meen that medications might need changing and attention should be given to sleep patterns and daily moods and activities.
Feelings of hopelessness often turn to suicidal thoughts. The pain of living this way becomes unbearable. Support by friends and family becomes important at this time.