Working On Us.

This week, I’m again participating in Beckie’s mental health prompts series Working On Us over at

Beckie’s Mental Mess.Β 

This week’s topic is suicide, which is a very difficult and often triggering topic for so many of us, so please read this post carefully or do not read it, if you feel like it might affect you in any negative way.

I am going to participate in the prompt #1, which consists of the following questions.

  1. Have you ever experienced suicidal thoughts? – Yes. I’ve been experiencing suicidal thoughts and ideations since about the age of 9-10, which is also roughly when I was diagnosed with my first depressive episode by a psychologist. Back then, and throughout my early teenage years, my suicidal thoughts were the strongest.
  2. Have you ever attempted suicide? – No, but I was very close to attempting a few times. There were a few things that were holding me back back then. First of all, I am Christian, so I always felt like I needed to be strong for the sake of that, and that if I’d die by suicide, it wouldn’t necessarily mean things would become better for me. Another thing is that I was always scared of overdosing, which would be in practical terms the easiest way to attempt suicide. I’m scared of that because of emetophobia, I mean the consequences I’d have to face if my attempt would fail, being cleared and all that. Also I’ve heard some awful stories as a kid, of people who overdosed on meds and ended up as pretty much vegetables with very damaged brains. If I am to live in this world, I want to have my brain working at least, as it is my shield and weapon. When my suicidal ideations were particularly severe – that is when I was 10 and recovering from an Achilles tendons surgery – looking back on that time I think that if I was given a chance, I could very likely make an attempt, but I had my both legs in huuuge plasters and was very immobile and relied on others for a lot of things, so, although I had plenty of ideas, fortunately they weren’t that easy to undertake. Besides, so many people say suicide is a sign of weakness. I think you actually have to be a strong person to be determined enough to do it. I don’t consider myself particularly strong.
  3. Were you ever hospitalized for a suicidal attempt and/or ideation? – No. I rarely even talk to people in my surroundings about such things in a serious way, so back then no one actually knew I was suicidal, just that I was depressed, and now things are better in that respect so I wouldn’t need to be hospitalised at this point.
  4. When you were hospitalized, what was your experience like? – N/a.
        1. Do you ever feel suicidal ideation since your release? – As I said, I’ve never been hospitalised for being suicidal, but yes, even though I’m doing better than I did in the past, at least in terms of suicidality, I still do experience suicidal thoughts. They’re usually of a passive kind though, unlike in the past, unless I feel really depressed and overloaded, then sometimes I can still feel really bad active suicidal ideations. But it’s just a mere echo of what it was like for me when I was younger, that was hellish.

 

16 thoughts on “Working On Us.”

  1. You’re so brave for sharing this! I understand your fear of overdosing. I was very afraid of any foreign-to0me substances entering my body and rarely if ever took medication. It’s bittersweet that I’ve overcome that fear.

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    1. I can see that when you are in that mindset when you really don’t feel like you have any other options left other than suicide, even such fears are less important than normally. I am glad that in the end it’s held me back.

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  2. Such a young age to experience suicidal ideation. It seems you have that in common with most of the participants. Thank goodness for your faith, and strength in understanding the outcome if you had failed at a suicidal attempt.
    I’m so pleased you were able to share your experiences and story on such a sensitive subject matter, I sincerely appreciate it. God Bless you, Emilia.

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    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚ Yes, I guess it’s a bit of a tendency for people who have suicidal thoughts to often develop them at a young age like in childhood or as a teenager, which makes it even more difficult. I am really grateful for those things, that they prevented me from attempting suicide. God bless you too. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, support can change so much. I have more of it now too and I don’t know where I’d be without it. I still struggle to reach out to people at times, but my situation is a lot better. I’m glad it is so for you too. πŸ™‚

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