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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/19/2010 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
ive been struggling with SI for a year and a half now and i want to stop. i've been good for a week and a three days but today was very difficult.  it was like everything was going wrong and right now im finding it really hard to not give up and find my tools and just be myself again.  please help me

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 3715
   Posted 2/19/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Drowningstar,

I have suffered with SI on and off for years. For the most part, I am cured of it (hooray!) Therapy therapy therapy and a lot of willpower and mindfulness got me over the hump. You have to figure out what works for you to diffuse that energy without harming yourself. In the beginning, swapping the SI with things like snapping a rubberband or squeezing ice helps. Stay away from your tools. Is there anyone you trust with this? I have given my tools to my husband several times over the years. :) He is always a little freaked, but would SO much rather I give them over. Write in your journal about what's REALLY bugging you, and try to distract yourself. Get out of the house. Go for a walk. Call a friend. Anything to occupy your time until the urge passes again.

Good luck,
keep in touch,
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 2/19/2010 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
ive mainly been a silent sufferer through all of this. two of my friends know about my depression but my family has no clue. i'm nervous about going to therapy, i don't want to be medicated. i guess deep down im scared of changing. ive been this way for so long and im not sure who ill be if i get over this.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 2/20/2010 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
you will, i did. si many years. i have depression and severe borderline personality disorder, and alike karen has said, therapy and mindfulness practice really helps, i did a 6 month inpatient program and learn't better coping techniques via mindfulness practice and DBT. dialectic behavioural therapy. there is help out there, and remember one thing also, dr's are human beings also. after 28 admissions, having 6 ECT treatments and over 7 years of therapy i can say that i have truely come-almost full circle. for me it is about management. don't be scared. it is there job to help. keep being brave, as you have in posting and have a chat with your doctor and or mental health team. healing compassion,

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