So I just realized it’s been almost three months since my therapist renewed my “Contract For Survival”. Basically it’s a comittment to use my tools before self-harming, and to check myself into the hospital if the suicidal ideation becomes more than just ideation.
What got me thinking about it is tonight I really feel like self harming. I’m not depressed, I’m not triggered, I just feel the need to feel SOMETHING. Since my last med adjustment, life has felt flat. As miserable as being in The Abyss was, at least it was something. I miss the highs, and am starting to wonder if the lows aren’t worth the price to pay.
My life feels like boring pastels, just a shade up from gray. No vibrancy, no fire. I miss the fire. And it’s not as though I get manic, I just suffer from low grade hypomania. Bad decisions regarding money, sex, whatever. But isn’t that what life is about? Making decisions that leave you feeling alive? NOT stuck in some dull, flat, emotionless pit. Recently I just had three of my poems published in an ebook. That were requested. And I was excited for precisely 23 minutes. And then back to ho hum. And that lack of reaction made me realize I’m missing out on so much emotion because I’m dulled. Even my poetry is lacking. It’s so frustrating. First, the cognitive dulling, now the lack of emotion. I feel like a golem, going through the emotions, pretending to be human.
So this week I’m asking my doctor if we can take my lithium down to 600mg from 900, withough increasing the 15mg of Abilify I’m on. Wish me luck, I think I’m going to need it.
And no, I haven’t self harmed, at least not yet.
2 thoughts on “CONTRACTS”
I always wonder if I even get happy for a couple of days or if its just a manic period. That’s awesome you haven’t self harmed yet, I know that fight and how hard it is. Keep fighting today :).
It’s crazy not understanding your own moods isn’t it? No bad days or up days without worrying is the beginning. And thanks. I’m fighting the fight daily.