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Hi everyone,

I thought I'd post an update for those that care/ were following my progress. I'm back in hospital at the moment after another more serious overdose attempt. I took over 200 tablets, and actually ended up in a short coma for just over a day. I'm now receiving treatment and fending off any admission to a psych hospital, as I really really think it'll make things a lot worse for me.

Trying to see past this. But each attempt just makes me feel like a failure.

The rose in my picture is a result of recent attempts to distract myself. Drawing distracted me for about an hour, but I just end up getting frustrated with my lack of talent! If anyone has any suggestions for distraction techniques for self harm while I can't harm in hospital, I would be really grateful as I don't have many resources here.

Thank you

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Lack of talent?! When you first put that picture up, I thought it was a professional one you'd downloaded or something!

{{{{Hugs}}}} You aren't a failure. You have depression. It isn't any reflection on you.


Looks to me as though you are very talented. I drew a Santa the other day and ,truly, a 6 year old could have done better.

I would think sketching would be very theraputic, so keep on doing that .

Thinking of you Julie xx


The picture is really good so think it is the depression/inner voice of self doubt that is telling you you aren't talented - listen to the external voices instead :)

Are you really sure that an admission wouldn't help? - I'm sure things have changed a lot from your mothers day. Also, if it is a voluntary admission then you can always just discharge yourself if it really isn't helping ... I walked out of a voluntary admission but that was even a few years before your mother would have been in the hospital.

Sometimes we really fight against things - particularly when we associate them with bad memories - and yet when we try them they can be helpful.


Lilly here's the link for distraction techniques.


Hi Lilly

It may sound crazy, but I have always found that distraction tends to just delay the problem. Instead I have expressed how I feel when at my vest worse, either by writing it all in distressed or enraged letters to someone (for example on this website) or else telling someone (in my case a therapist). I find doing either of those results in a more permanent change. I wonder do you have anyone you can talk to, whether you are seeing anyone for talking therapies?


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Also Lilly not sure if this will help but have you tried up looking up about people who feel similar to you. eg. the following link This may or not help you but I am just offering it as something for you to possibly read or ignore if it "triggers" you too much.


hi lilly I was thinking about you just now. I wonder if you are being creative just for the fun of it now?

It has been good to see you giving advice to some of the other community members. I guess what we say to other people here, are often the very things we need to have said to ourselves. I know the site itself can sometimes act as a bit of a trigger in itself, and I hope that instead you are surrounding yourself with things that make you laugh and smile...

Anyway I just wanted to send you hugs and good wishes for the coming year. All the best . A.


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