Apologies for my lengthy absence; never a good thing for a mental health blog. I’ve been avoiding my computer for some reason and the thought of blogging is just too much some days.
Since I last blogged, I’ve learnt that SSRI’s tend to give me suicidal thoughts (specifically Trazadone and Fluoxetine). Life was not fun for those weeks, nor the 5 medication free weeks before I could start Moclobemide. I’m 3 weeks into that and still unsure how well it will work out long term, but I’ve got to give it a chance.
I’m spending most of my time watching silly programmes on the telly whilst knitting toy unicorns…today’s one is zebra striped :-)
So ! I’m still here and still fighting on and I hope you all are too.
…that my brain is, basically, #&/%@*–!!!?#@.
Every 5 or 6 years, regardless of what my permanently broken BPD brain is doing, I get depressed. There doesn’t have to be a trigger, I’ve come to realise over the past weeks; it just happens. It’s like a cell turning cancerous: you don’t ask the person why it turned cancerous at that point in time. It just happens.
Accepting my diagnosis of BPD was difficult, but it was the key to my “recovery” (you never fully recover because your brain is always broken, but you learn to handle it). Not blaming myself was good; not fighting the fact it was there.
I have to do the same now with my “recurrent depressive disorder”. It’s not BPD; it’s a BOGOF (born with one mental disorder, get one free). I don’t want it but I don’t have any say in the matter.
So: every 5 to 6 years, my brain chemistry will go do-lally and stop me from enjoying a perfectly enjoyable life. It will make me have psychotic thoughts of burning myself or taking an overdose. It will tire me out and prevent me getting on with life the way I want to (apologies to everyone waiting on more stories from Ragnar and his Horde).
It’s not that I’m choosing to be depressed (who chooses this?); it’s simply the fact my brain is #*%@@+/&?!!