Had a really rough last couple of months. I decided to come off duloxetine as it hasn’t been working even though I’ve been on it 12 weeks and decided to go back on venlafaxine. The only problem with this is I will lose my appetite all over again. You see that’s the reason I came off it in the first place. Venlafaxine for me has been the best anti-depressant I have been on, even though I can’t remember the dose I was previously on I was pretty much stable.
Since coming off venlafaxine and going on duloxetine I have just gone downhill a hell of a lot. I have felt suicidal on a daily basis and I harm is becoming more and more dangerous. I cut myself now on like it’s a daily routine and I hate myself for it but I cannot stop. I cut to feel alive, to drain al the badness out of me, to feel something, to even cope as the physical pain helps to take away my emotional pain. The only problem now is I feel a great urge to cut deeper and deeper each time. It may sound strange and even wrong but I also enjoy the pain I experience from cutting. I also recently got myself a lot of body piercings as the pain just made me feel alive and young. I felt almost like I was reborn all over again.
I have presented myself (well my partner presented me) at A&E a hell of a lot over the last couple of weeks, mostly because I was feeling so unsafe I had no idea what else to do. Twice because I took an overdose, once it was 20 duloxetine tablets and the second time it was 15 sleepers. The ambulance crew had a struggle keeping me awake when I took all those sleepers. I feel bad for it now though as they were my dad’s sleepers and now I have left him short.
On one occasion at A&E I was seen by the crisis team manager and he asked me what I wanted to do, as in what I thought would be the best help I could get at that time as I had been under the services for so long. I did not want to end up in hospital so I asked for the home treatment team. And so I was referred to them and given their number in case of emergency. I of course had no real intentions to phone them and at that time I just wanted to die. All I could think about that night was ways and means of killing myself without putting anyone out of their way.
The second time I was at A&E with an overdose (sleepers) I was seen again by someone from the raid team, and this time she turned round to me and said I wouldn’t be seeing her I was waiting for the on call doctor. Anyway I waited about 10 minutes and she came back and said I am being admitted onto a psychiatric ward and so the nightmare began.
I was escorted by security to the ward, I didn’t want to fight or deny it as the last thing I wanted was to end up on a section all over again so I agreed to an informal admission. I got on the ward, spoke very briefly to staff and went to my room where I just broke down into tiny bits. I was a complete mess. I stayed awake all night, having sneaky smokes in the toilet to keep me going, and tried my hardest to get access to a phone so I could phone my partner Tayler who was also admitted onto a psychiatric ward but at stepping hill hospital which was miles away.
I felt so alone and isolated, my mobile was in the shop so I had to rely on the office phone being supervised all the time while I spoke to Tayler. I could not tell her how I was truly feeling as I did not want the staff to know. After each phone call to her I thanked the staff, went back to my room and broke down into bits. Of course I didn’t last long in hospital as I discharged myself after 2 days.
Right now as im wring this I have a urge to cut deep, when I say an urge I mean its like my body is telling me to do it. Im fighting it but I know I will give in, I just cant stop and it scares me.