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Old 18-08-2014, 01:39 AM   #1's Avatar
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BPD and depressive episodes

Hi, so this happens (title of thread) to me alot. i have BPD and get low/down/suicidal etc every money or so. there seems to not be much reason for it except not handling life well -which i am working on-... but it gets to the point where i spend all day inside my hose, i dont interact with anyone, my urges of self desrtucive behavior increases.

my mh team - which includes a nurse, therapists and psych doc cant help much except just talking to me as they will not consider meds due to increased risk of ods which is fair enough. I also live in supported accommodation but am limited to which staff i talk to due to contracts around safety and boundaries Thou i am struggling to mange this on my own.... i try to go out and practice mindfulness and self care, see friends and talk etc but it takes ages to life my mood and self out of this and im wondering if anyone has any suggestion or advice for me?

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Old 18-08-2014, 01:46 AM   #2
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hey. i'm not sure i have any advice but wanted to reply because i relate. i have bpd and what i really struggle with is low mood that lasts for quite a long time during which time i cut myself off from everyone because of havign no energy and basically fail to function, which is horrible.

i think what helps me is knowign that it will pass. even if it takes months, or a year, it will pass. however low i feel, it is not a forever thing. and knowing that means i can sit through it and not engage in destructive behaviour.

you say your team can't help much - i also don't find simply talking to people helps because it doesn't change anything. but i have found it helpful to work with people to come up with a plan of things to do when i am very low. have they been able to suggest anything you could do to help yourself? is the od risk the only reason they don't think meds are a good idea? because if they believe they may help, what about weekly or even daily prescriptions? i used to always pick mine up weekly.

it's great that you are trying with mindfulness and self care. i totally understand that it is frustrating when it takes a while to help. but i guess what i would say, is hold onto the fact that they do help, even if it isn't as much as you would like, and keep doing it. because the more you do it the easier it will be and the more it will help.

i have no personal experience of supported housing or anything, but if you don't feel you can talk to them in detail, are they able to help with practical trhings like getting out or engaging in activities? i think sometimes maintaining as much of a normal routine as possible can be one of the most helpful things.

"I know you're sad, so I won't tell you to have a good day. Instead, I advise you to simply have a day.
Stay alive, feed yourself well, wear comfortable clothes, and don't give up on yourself just yet.
It'll get better. Until then, have a day."

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