Advanced Coping Skills
For Mental Illness

This page discusses Advanced Coping Skills for Mental Illness.

These are some important, yet advanced skills which are learnable that will help you improve your mental health and your own self-awareness and treatment.

Suffering from a mental illness can be similar to suffering from a physical illness.

There are signs and symptoms; there are treatments, ways of coping with the illness and ways of living as healthy a life as possible.

Unfortunately, there is a stigma to mental illness that is slowly ebbing, yet still exists.

It is difficult to be as open about a mental illness as it is to be open about a physical illness. Thankfully, society is growing towards a deeper understanding.

Mental illness is only called mental illness because it stems from the brain.

It’s a chemical issue, which makes it a physical illness.

Once science reached this understanding and began to spread the word, it became more socially acceptable not only to speak of mental illness, but to research it and hope to banish it like so many other illnesses that have come and gone in human history.

At the moment, we have made great advancements in helping people who suffer with mental illness cope with their illness and live as normal and healthy a life as possible.

There are whole institutions devoted to researching advanced coping skills for mental illness and also ways to heal it.

Advanced Coping Skills:

Let’s examine some of the advanced coping skills for mental illness:

1. Become an expert in your mental illness.

The more you know the better off you will be. 

The following list links to pages on this site which discuss each diagnosis:



Panic Attacks





Substance Abuse/Dependency

Knowing what to expect will give you guidance in how to plan your life.  Unfortunately, knowing what to expect is not something that happens overnight. 

Your counselor or psychiatrist will be able to help you set realistic expectations with you and will help you feel empowered. 

Becoming an expert will take some time. 

Read everything you can about the illness you’ve been diagnosed with.  Ask questions of your treatment team.  Take part in group therapy. 

2. Identify target symptoms. 

Symptoms can be difficult for others to understand. They can look more like an action you are taking rather than a symptom of an illness that you are suffering.

Know your symptoms and be prepared for others’ reactions. 

Target symptoms in your life are signs that you are probably going to need some help soon. 

This has happened before, that is how you know what to look for.  Know ahead of time who to ask for help.  And ask them for help.  That is how you can get back on track to being healthy again.

3. Identify and avoid triggers.  

Just like there are certain triggers for allergic reactions, there are certain triggers that will set off symptoms of mental illness. 

4. Take an active role in your own treatment.

The more active a role you take the more responsible and accountable for yourself you will feel which will make your daily accomplishments confidence boosters.

5. Develop a plan for getting well. 

Just like starting a business needs a business plan, and dealing with cancer or diabetes needs a health plan, mental illness can be dealt with more easily when a plan is developed and followed through on. 

A counselor can keep you accountable to keeping this plan. 

When you develop the plan, you are more likely to stick with it and allow the plan to be your framework. 

This isn’t something that someone who doesn’t know you came up with. 

You know what being well looks like. 

You know what you need to do to get there. 

You’ve got your plan now.  Now you’ve just got to follow it. 

6. Make living a healthy life your goal.

Eating well and exercising is physically beneficial for all people. It is all the more crucial for those living with an illness, mental or physical.

7. Realize the importance of rest.

Sleep is vital for the brain’s functioning at its highest level. Don’t skimp on this all-important part of your plan.

8. Build a community of people who support and understand you.

The value of this is immeasurable.

Exercising these advanced coping skills will leave you feeling more confident in yourself, as well as more secure in your environment.

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