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    Default My own battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

    In light of Robin Williams death, I thought that I'd like to share my own story. I've seen a lot of differing reactions out there, and one thing is clear to me. Some people still don't get it. Clinical depression, being suicidal, isn't something we can just get over. It's not about just being sad. It doesn't matter what, or who, we are surrounded by. Money can't cure it. Fame and respect don't soothe it. A box full of kittens won't ease it. Being that depressed is being fundamentally broken on the inside.

    My own story starts as a teenager. I was an angry child. I had rage issue. I hated myself, even though I never really could pin down why. Back then, it was just brushed aside as common teenage angst. Something I'd grow out of someday. And I did. Or, I thought I did. Adulthood brought me some good friends, good jobs, and eventually a wife and child. I was happy. The demons, however, never really went away. Even in my happiness, I found myself wondering if everyone would be better without me in their lives. They don't really like you, I thought. They just pretend to laugh at your jokes. If you weren't related to them, your family wouldn't choose you. For the most part, I was able to fight those thoughts off. I didn't really take them all that seriously. And anyway, I was too busy drinking those voices into oblivion to pay them any mind.

    Yeah, I drank. A lot. I had to do something to deal with my increasing feelings of self loathing. As you might expect, it didn't help. It only made things worse. To make a long story, well, slightly less long, I wound not drinking away my emotions, but my family instead. I lost almost everything. The wife and daughter I thought I'd never have moved away. So I withdrew from the world, drinking and licking my wounds. That's when the demons really kicked into high gear. All that old self hatred came back in a big way. "See," they told me, "we were right. You are worthless. You screwed it all up, just like we said you would." So I drank more to shut them up.

    Finally, I wound up on a couch at my mother's apartment. There, roughly two years ago, I gave up. I won't call what I did an actual suicide attempt, but I knew that I could die from my actions, and I didn't care. I drank all the beer I could afford to drink, then added a handful of pills into the mix. Then another. Vicodin, Zanax, whatever I could find. I never said to myself, I'm going to die today, but I sure as hell didn't care if I did.

    I came to two days later. I wish I could say my experience was uneventful, but it was not. I lashed out. I said things I can never take back. I nearly drove away my entire family. But I lived. Everything I did, all the things I said, that damage is repairable because I lived. Had I not, the last memory loved ones would have had of me would be that of a hateful, drunken fool, doing his best to hurt them. Thankfully, that's not the case. Call it the grace of god, call it dumb luck, call it what you will, but I'm still here.

    Since that day, life has improved a great deal. I went on to find another good job. I've made some good friends. Hell, I even managed to fall in love again, even if it didn't last. I've carved out a nice life for myself. Here's the thing, though. I'm not cured. My depression didn't magically go away. In moments of weakness, I can still feel like I don't deserve any of it. I still feel guilty for the things I've done, and that I'm the only one that can properly punish myself for them. But now I know I'm strong enough to fight those thoughts.

    This is how I look at it. I'm on a winning streak. I've beaten suicide for thirty five years now. I beat it this morning when I rose from bed. I beat it just now when I took that breath. I have to stay on guard, though. I'm the one that has to keep winning, because suicide only has to win the once. So I take the small victories and run with them.

    My point in all this, if I have one, is to let folks know that they aren't alone. There are others out there who are going through what you are going through. I don't know the exact nature of your pain. I probably never will. But I know what it can do to you if you let it. And I'm telling you today, you don't have to let it. Reach out to someone. Call the suicide hotline. Look online for like minded people that can help. Just don't go through this thing you have alone, because alone, the odds aren't in your favor. Know that you are strong. Know that you are loved. Know that you deserve the good things you have in your life. And if you feel like you don't have anything good yet, know that those things are coming. As a teenager, I thought I'd never be truly happy. I had to wait a while, but I did find that happiness. And let me tell you, it was worth the wait. So please, don't go through this alone. You are stronger than you realize. After all all, you've been beating suicide your entire life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gidzmo View Post
    Glad to hear that your husband's back home. Hopefully he's much better.
    Quote Originally Posted by FlameHeart View Post
    prayers for a swift, good recovery.
    Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes! He'll have a long recovery, but I think everything will be okay.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HeyJude View Post
    Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes! He'll have a long recovery, but I think everything will be okay.
    I do hope everything turns out OK for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwil59 View Post
    There is something that many of the TBI pateints at Shepherd Center said is the best for those. It's illegal though in my state of course, marijuana.

    I am still praying every day for you and the hubby, hang in there though.

    I really miss the old Overcoming Obstacles forum. If you remember there were dozens of regular posters in there.

    I remember Overcoming Obstacles.

    We've decided to take a chance on something most have long since taken a chance on, but here goes: buying a first home.

    It's late, I know. Had we done so when we were living close to the capital, we'd be up a creek with no paddle as our job relocated & we'd be stuck with not only a long commute, but heavy tolls.

    we're going to chance it now, as rents can only go up, and not our current property owner, but some have really unreasonable terms, like periodic inspections of the place.

    I'm sorry, you want what? To look around, snoop on your tenants? Only time I've ever been subjected to that was when the owner needed to do some repair work on the place, or was living on site & remodeling, something of that nature.

    It's getting ridiculous, so we're looking at places to buy, already pre-approved for a loan.

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    Hi everyone, I know that you're probably sick of me complaining but I would appreciate some advice. I haveven recently overheard my mom talking on the phone to insurance company and the orthopedics office pretending to be me. I have asked her nicely if she wouldn't do that anymore and she said she was "trying to help." I said I could handle things by myself, though I did appreciate her effort. Well, she'said done it a second time and I am worried she's going to go off on a tangent when pretending to be me and get me fired as a client or a patient. I really wish she would stop before something happens. Is there any way to stop this? I was thinking about removing her from HIPPA (because it's mostly my dad who handles things when I am gone) but it might cause backlash from him (my mom being a doctor and all and she can kind of help us navigate and do paperwork). Any advice I would greatly appreciate.
    "Ignis aurum probat"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlameHeart View Post
    Hi everyone, I know that you're probably sick of me complaining but I would appreciate some advice. I haveven recently overheard my mom talking on the phone to insurance company and the orthopedics office pretending to be me. I have asked her nicely if she wouldn't do that anymore and she said she was "trying to help." I said I could handle things by myself, though I did appreciate her effort. Well, she'said done it a second time and I am worried she's going to go off on a tangent when pretending to be me and get me fired as a client or a patient. I really wish she would stop before something happens. Is there any way to stop this? I was thinking about removing her from HIPPA (because it's mostly my dad who handles things when I am gone) but it might cause backlash from him (my mom being a doctor and all and she can kind of help us navigate and do paperwork). Any advice I would greatly appreciate.
    Not sick of you at all. I don't want to give advice in ignorance.

    Are you covered as a dependant under her health insurance? Or your dad's? I know when I call insurance regarding my daughter, that is my right as the insurance is in my name.

    I don't claim I am her, though, as she is all of 11. Sounds as if there is a disrespect of boundaries here, but then that goes on between my mom and myself, which is why I don't visit that much (I'm stuck going soon, which is another story).

    You're 19, which makes you legally an adult. You've asked her nicely a second time, to have the same results, which shows she really doesn't respect your limits.

    Of whom are you a client? The insurance company? I'm confused here.

    As far as the orthopaedic clinic, I'll guess that's where you're the patient. Next time you phone them, would it be possible to ask scheduling or third party billing or even the office manager to require a password only known by you?

    For example, does anyone else but you know your user name on this board? Or some other site?

    Perhaps you could explain to them you think someone may be monitoring your account, or calling without your consent & posing as you, so you wish to set up a password with them to avoid private information getting leaked for HIPAA purposes.

    "HI, THIS IS CATHERINE -------"

    "PASSWORD, PLEASE-------"

    "WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AT THIS OFFICE?"

    "WE'RE NOW REQUIRING PASSWORDS FOR HIPAA PURPOSES"

    Or, that account has been flagged, as have a number of our accounts.

    If you feel that is a workable solution, give it a try. If not, or you feel you would be unsafe, than don't.

    I can't see how you'd be discharged as patient, though. I got really ugly with a third party biller, and I still have the HRA & the insurance. Idiots had me precertified for an MRI, then, when they got the bill, seriously audited it to see what I had done at that facility.

    Gee, after all the trouble you went through to tell me last time if I got the charges cleared in advance, I wouldn't receive any of these foolish notices afterwards, you send a foolish notice asking what the charge was about, as if I went to an MRI facility for coffee & doughnuts?

    Oh, boy did I get nasty. And I really do need to select another plan at open enrollment.

    But you decide if that's going to work for you.

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