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Mental health recovery is an ongoing process—there’s no quick fix or finish line. You’ll likely face challenges in recovering from your mental health condition(s), but there are actions you can take when hurdles arise.

The following checklist includes a variety of complications that you might encounter during your recovery journey. Use it as a self-assessment to check in with yourself or to guide a conversation with your providers or care partners. Keep in mind that change is inevitable during recovery – if you’ve experienced some of the following but it isn’t negatively impacting your life, it may not be something you need to address.

Physical challenges



Digestive and gut health



Emotional and support challenges


Grief and loss

Loneliness and social support

Lifestyle challenges

Treatment challenges