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a very bad week(33 Posts)
I'm not sure where to start. Nothing bad happened but i feel like it has and haven't been able to get out of bed.
I spoke to someone at university yesterday and they said they'd check on me today but with the snow they must have forgotten. I am known to the CMHT and will see my counsellor next week but things are getting worse really fast and i just can't sit there and tell her that. They know i am depressed but have started self harming when things get bad as it helps with the stress and have noticed that im planning quite a lot too although i don't think i am a suicide risk
Can anyone offer any practical help for getting through the weekend? I'm on my own and can't really go out because of the snow. My concentration is shot but i know im not helping myself by sitting staring at the wall...
sorry your family aren't so supportive at the moment- maybe they will change their mind and be more caring for you. hope you have a reasonable weekend if you can.
Buggar....things have been going quite well for a bit and now they are on the slide again.
Its hard to say what is causing it, i've missed some counselling because of other commitments and i got an upsetting email from an ex-friend. Other than that things have been fine. You know when you get that feeling like you are running flat out to stay still and its not enough? I've got that.
Thank you for the reply coxpippin and i do have some good friends that help most of the time. We are all on a rather stressful uni course so sometimes people are too busy but mostly they are very supportive. My family are aware that i'm having treatment but are not supportive so i find their phonecalls more frustrating than helpful.
I've let the support people in uni know that things aren't so good but i hate feeling like i'm sitting around waiting for things to get either better or worse...
are there any friends there who may be sympathetic/ understanding who could spend some time with you at the weekends, perhaps take a short walk with when the snow goes, or have a coffee and chat with you indoors? are your family aware you are seeking treatment, do they phone you during the weekend? i'm sorry you feel so unwell and hope you may get some relief.
I too do everything I can not to get depressed but it is dangerous for people prone to anxiety/depression to have too many rules because of the consequences of not sticking to them.
you sound so much more positive today - I'm really pleased - and everything outlined sounds good. do you think, though, that people need your back story to offer you support? something to think about.
just post if you start struggling again and it'll move back up my I'm on. all the best
I had a good weekend and i think i am past my latest crisis, so hopefully it will be a while before i'm back there.
You have everything right, i attend lectures very sporadically but i go whenever i can. I access support in uni but it was them who initiated my referral to the CMHT because they felt i was beyond the help they could offer. I do still see someone occasionally but now its mostly sorted out by external people. My uni is really small and doesn't have the resources that the bigger ones seem to have.
It's funny you should mention crafting, i never used to do it but since i've been ill i have made loads of stuff. We started a craft group last year, it helps and i have made loads of different stuff. I am also part of one of the sports teams but we havent trained since xmas because of the terrible weather. Exercise is generally good for my mood but i'm crap at doing any on my own.
My support system sort of dissolved before xmas for various reasons and by pure bad luck i ended up with no-one who knows the full story. I'm working at this but for the time being i will look up local support groups because i'm sure that would be helpful.
Thanks for bearing with me
Part of my problem is that i work like crazy to avoid being depressed to the point it is dangerous but nothing seems to work
completely understand that feeling.
ok so atm:
somewhat estranged from home
feeling unsupported at uni
is that right?
are you attending lectures?
have you been to student support or the chaplaincy? both good sources of support when I was struggling at uni.
do you have any other family member / friend away from uni who has been a good source of support in the past?
have you checked out mental health support groups local to you?
or one of the university societies could be a good source of companionship - a crafting one perhaps?
I am currently having cbt but given that my diagnosis has changed im not sure they wont change it for a different kind. I know that I won't find the answer in a bottle of pills but things are a bit out of control atm and I want something to put that control back so I can sort it out
not to be flippant - if people were good at dealing with the lows, there wouldn't psychotherapy or ad's. what is involved in psychotherapy? I had cbt.
don't worry it didn't sound abrupt at all!
I know the best way to manage it is with psychotherapy. What bothers me is that I seem to have long periods of time where I'm not really well enough to benefit from that. It just makes me more angry but when I feel better I do find it really helpful.
I wonder if there are better ADs that would stop me from having the awful lows, but my psych says not. I also worry that I am not very good at dealing with the bad parts when they happen.
just red my earlier post which sounds very abrupt - really just wondering if there's something that you think would help that you don't know how to access.
ok then. what do you want to happen now?
I don't have a clue
im gonna carry on with counselling and hope things get better. im not sure how they can but I dont seem to have that many options
it's ok - it doesn't need to make sense
I'm glad the appointment went better than you feared. what's next for you?
that appt went better I think.
so far everyone has been working on the basis that I have bipolar or some kind of mood disorder. today she said they would like to include BPD in my diagnosis because of previous symptoms and the suicide/self harm stuff. im not sure what to make of it yet tbh.
anyway my medication is staying as it is. I havent slept properly for weeks which is not helped by the fact that when I sleep my dreams are so vivid I have trouble telling what was dream and what is real. my anxiety is worse too, yesterday I couldnt go to bed because I was scared someone was.going to throw a bomb through the bedroom window. I know its ridiculous but at the same time I cant convince myself it wont happen.
I could ramble on but I dont think it makes much sense
everything is! it's hard to find a solution when you're feeling this way - symptom of the disease.
thanks helles. that is obvious now you have said it! Need to engage brain
will post an update after my appt
sorry I have been having a massive pity party for a couple of days...
Right so I have a CMHT appt on Friday. I need them to realise that this is the worst I have ever been despite being on a high dose SSRI and mirtazipine. Im not sure that there is anything more they can do as I dont have a diagnosis yet.
I have history for being really bad mh wise and going in there and becoming a stand up comedian and telling them life is great. how do I stop this from happening?
ok, so what will help you get through the week?
well I believe that is was is technically known as a fucking waste of time
I went to see the counsellor and told her how bad everything was and that i wasnt coping at all and she suggested I think positive until my psych appt on Friday
I would take.a sabbatical but I have already had one for other reasons
could you take a sabbatical (i did after my second year) to recuperate?
though, if you don't feel comfortable at home, it would add the stress of finding somewhere to live and affording it. perhaps, if you decide to, your parents could help financially?
on the downside, if you live alone and have no-one to force you out of the door, you can become very easily isolated. which seems to be in the situation you are in now and one of the reasons you are struggling so badly.
Yes that is what i'd like
i guess i want someone else to be in charge for a bit so i don't have to think of make any decisions
It's completely the norm to be 'selfish' if the mental health problems get so bad that you're treading water trying to stay afloat.
There isn't any room for anything else, it can be all consuming.
Which is where a parent letting you down and not offering unconditional love, can cut to the bone.
What would you like to happen Uni? (apart from it fucking off and never darkening your door again )
Ah the anxious-person's need to be liked! it has a lot to answer for.
try writing everything you want to say down beforehand and passing it over if you're worried you're not expressing yourself properly.
that you feel unsupported. there are often local support groups that it might be worth checking into though I didn't go down that route.
I too have found making things very therapeutic when i don't feel very good
I did have a couple of really close friends and my parents to sort me out when it all went tits up but i lost that over xmas. One friend said she had too much on her plate and couldn't cope with all my crap on top, the other moved to the USA with work.
The situation with my parents is complicated because they aren't happy that i have MH issues and only want to hear that things are rosy. They said that it puts lots of stress on them because i'm quite selfish when i am having a bad patch. This kind of leaves me on my own with the CMHT and i find it very difficult not to start telling jokes the minute i get in there....
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