They told me it would get easier. It's been ten years. When will it get easier?

Discussion in 'Help Me! I Need to Talk to Someone.' started by ru55311, Oct 13, 2016.

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  1. ru55311

    ru55311 New Member

    This December is going to be ten years since I lost my mother. I was eleven at the time. I was already an emotionally vulnerable kid - I had undiagnosed autism and ADHD; I was questioning the Christian faith I was raised with; plus I was just starting puberty and starting to suffer from gender dysphoria - and I didn't have the words to comprehend these concepts.

    She died just a few days before Christmas and I feel that part of me died with her. I'm not sure that I've ever really experienced happiness since that age. I developed severe anxiety and depression that caused me to miss most of four years of school. My Dad said it was a miracle that I actually made it into university. He didn't exactly help a lot because he was very hard on me throughout my teens, telling me that I was lazy and had a bad attitude when I felt like I was struggling for my very existence.

    I have no idea how I managed to get this far, but now I feel like I'm not going any further. I've seen many counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors who've prescribed me the same useless CBT and counselling over and over again. I've tried a few types of antidepressants that were similarly useless. It took years of my own research and self-exploration to start to figure out what my problems even are. A lot of people told me they wanted to help but nobody has ever really helped me other than providing temporary comfort or distraction. People beg me not to kill myself and give me false hope that it's going to get better, but then they do nothing to help me deal with the reasons why I want to kill myself.

    I always feel like maybe I'm starting to reach the point that maybe I will start to recover. But my problems never really go away, they just change shape. For example, I'm taking sertraline right now, but it just makes me feel mostly empty rather than mostly sad. Or I stopped having daily panic attacks, and started having daily suicidal thoughts instead.

    It's been so long that I don't even know what kind of person I'd be without the depression. As it stands I'm a completely empty person. I was planning to have graduated by now, but instead I'm 'taking a break' from being a student to work on my mental health because I was failing my degree, and all I do now is sit around on the sofa all day using the internet as a distraction. Whenever I try to pull myself out of a slump, it only works for a little while before it gets too much and I shut down and go back to being a mess again. I don't really have a source of income right now and I'm not sure when I'm going to hit the point that I actually run out of money, but it's going to happen unless I somehow become a functional human being again.

    I got here by going on Google and looking up suicide methods. I just want the pain to stop and for things to get better. But I don't know if they ever can. I feel like I might just be permanently broken at this point.
  2. PhoenixFailed

    PhoenixFailed Survivor of 2016, Fighter in 2017 Study Facilitator SF Supporter

    I am sorry things have been hard. I admire your tenacity. I have been fighting depression and suicidal ideation for almost 30 years. Logically, I know I have had periods when I have not struggled so much. I too get lost in times when I feel like I am failing because I cannot seem to separate experiencing failure with BEING a failure. Again, I know in my head they are very different, but emotions seem to follow their own lead and override my logic.

    I too got here by Googling suicide methods. I am sorry we are both in such a hard place. You are not alone and it never stays this bad. Relief will come. Now, if I could follow my own advice...
  3. troubledmind

    troubledmind Well-Known Member

    Hello!! I'm sorry for your loss!! I too lost my mom and dad six months apart.. Mom went first and dad died of a broken heart six months later..Ten years is a long time to be greiving.. I hope you can find some support by being here.. My dad told my brother and nephews to watch me because he wasn't sure what I would do at moms funeral.. I was already depressed by then and had emotional problems..
  4. AlexiMarie7

    AlexiMarie7 Staff Member Safety & Support

    I wish I could give you a time/date; I too long for one. The only comfort I try to hold onto and that I can share is that there will be some good moments ahead. They may last days/years but there will be good.

    I'm sorry for your loss and sorry that you're hurting. Please don't let go.

    I hope you are able to make your way back to your studies and completing your degree, at your own healthy pace.
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