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Thu Oct 6, 2016, 04:06 PM

I'm going to put my 25,000th post here. I've had a rough year and it helps me to know I'm not alone.

I'm not sure what happened to me, but it's like I got too old and weary of keeping up the facade; I revisited the stuff that got me in so much trouble in college, the stuff that turned a four year science degree into a nine year adventure: the profound depression, the hallucinations, the obsessions, the psychotic self-destructive feelings and behaviors, that maybe I'd go swimming naked in the deep ocean with the great white sharks just to feel something real. I think I now understand people who cut; my own methods are merely Rube Goldberg versions of the same intent.

Fortunately I tend to be an affable and amusing sort, even at my very worst, a danger to myself, not others. In college the campus police and local cops always treated me as a welcome diversion from their usual graveyard shift routines of domestic violence and drunk-and-disorderlies. Hah, ha, we picked up Hunter running barefoot with bloody feet. But my illness does put huge burden of worry on my family and friends. They'd be very sad if I was eaten by the sharks. I think of my mom: Her mom did become a danger to herself and others and was forcibly removed from her house by police and paramedics in an hours long siege. Tied to an ambulance gurney my grandma was still cussing bloody murder and trying to bite anyone who got too close to her face.

For much lesser non-violent reasons I ended up locked up in the psych ward with a crash course of new meds, including a powerful anti-psychotic.

These new meds seem to be working well, I can ignore the voices in my head, especially late at night, but I am reminded once again that I'm not a good judge of my own mental state and that here in the U.S.A. there are few social safety nets but those you build for yourself. Locked up in the psych ward with me there were people who had no advocates but extremely overworked social workers. That's not right.

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Reply I'm going to put my 25,000th post here. I've had a rough year and it helps me to know I'm not alone. (Original post)
hunter Oct 2016 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2016 #1
hunter Oct 2016 #4
retrowire Oct 2016 #2
mopinko Oct 2016 #3

Response to hunter (Original post)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 04:14 PM

1. Congratulations to you on your 25,000 posts, my dear hunter!

You are most distinctly not alone here! I've had my own challenges which are very different from yours, but having been a nurse helps me have empathy for you and your situation. I even worked in a psych unit long ago.

I am glad your new meds seem to be working well. I'm glad too that you can see where you are. And I so agree about the need for many more advocates for mental health and not hoist the whole thing on the shoulders of over-worked social workers.

Keep on keepin' on!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 7, 2016, 09:26 AM

4. Thank You!

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Response to hunter (Original post)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 04:27 PM

2. What an adventure our mentally broken lives are.

Congrats on the 25,000!

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Response to hunter (Original post)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 06:49 PM

3. nope, you are not alone.

glad that you are on the mend.

and yes, we have to build our own safety nets any more. trying to rebuild mine now, and it gets scary. cant imagine having no one to lean on. so sad.


hang in there friend. we are always here.

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