It is so easy to think about suicide. And then so easy to begin ruminating on it. And for me, it eventually became easy to act on those thoughts. For two years, I was so deeply depressed that my life revolved around my suicidal ideations and even suicide attempts. I would simply lie on my couch, crying and thinking about how to die and how much I wanted to die. I knew why and yet I didn’t know why at the same time. Sometimes it had to do with my bipolar, a chemical imbalance. Some of it had to do with my borderline personality, just if something happened that triggered me to suddenly lose control of my feelings. And other times it just had to do with my PTSD if I was having awful memories and wanted to just get away from them and end my life. It went on for two years though because I didn’t want the help, I didn’t know how to truly accept the help, and in some weird way, I didn’t even think I needed help. I felt like the only help I needed was for someone to help me die.
I had quite a few suicide attempts, but never really did any major damage. I was in the ICU a few times, but only one of those times was it somewhat serious. At the time, I didn’t know if I was happy or sad to be alive. Actually even today I am not sure how I feel about that attempt. Things have gotten much better in my life, but I still suffer with depression because of my mental illness, and so I question if living or dying would be best. I do not think suicide is the answer at all, but as many (not all) people with depression do, suicide still comes up in my mind from time to time.
I really like the saying: “Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, Suicide eliminates the chances of it ever getting better.”
People always tell you, “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” Yes yes yes… I know I know. But in my head, my problem is not temporary, so if you say that to me… it doesn’t even sound like a good statement. So I hated when people told me that. And everyone told me that, over and over again.
However, the first statement, that just seemed really eye opening to me. I really never pictured my life getting better, but it still lit up my mind to thinking perhaps it could. So when I think of suicide now, I always tell myself this quote. If I just wait another day and see how that goes. Maybe tomorrow will be better. And I just keep putting it off. Eventually the thought does pass. Eventually I do have a day that is better than the previous day, and the thought somewhat disappears into my brain – until the next chemical imbalance or trigger or flashback. Again, I try to use the same technique of putting off and suicidal actions day after day after day though.
I lost a friend to a drug overdose back in November. It was not a suicide attempt, but she did suffer with depression. It hurt me incredibly bad. Seeing how it affected me and her family and other friends was very eye opening. I never thought about how much it would hurt my family and friends. I really believed in my mind I would make things better for my family and friends. I thought they would believe I was better off dead – that my pain would be gone and so they would forgive me for what I did. That I would no longer be a burden to them and that they would be happy with me gone. But now that I am thinking clearly, on proper medication, in good therapy – I see that this thought process was not true at all. I slip into every once in a while still, but that is how our brains work and we have to fight back.
We will all go back and forth, have good days and bad days, but we can have a good life. I went through 17 hospitalizations between 2011-2013. Fifteen of those being within 1.5 years. Today, while I still struggle, I am stable for the most part and trying to get my life back on track. Much happier, not lying on my couch all day, not crying all the time, and my mind is not obsessed with dying. Life does get better. I never thought I would say that either.
If you, or anyone you know, might be feeling suicidal, call the suicide hotline at: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or go to http://www.crisischat.org (between 2pm-2am)
Also, talk with your doctor and/or therapist if you have one about how you are feeling, and do not abruptly stop any of your medications without consulting them.