Archive for January 30th, 2007

I’ve been thinking about cutting recently. Not really ruminating about it but it’s been on my mind. I’ll drift off, find myself staring into space and thoughts will meander to fantasies of reaching for some sharp implement–my preferences are for knives. Not at all good when someone in the house is a trained chef? We have far too many and one night, PA got a little out of hand and ripped the drawer right off the the cupboard grabbing at all of them.

Anyway, don’t reach for the panic button or start calling Emergency Services. I’m okay. I just wanted to talk a bit about how this now seems to be(coming?) a more fundamental part of my Bipolar identity whereas before, I felt that suicidal ideation seemed to be more of the component that I might need to do battle with on a semi-regular basis.

When I first posted about cutting I questioned my status as a “reformed” cutter since I had only cut twice in my life. I have spoken with other cutters who self-harmed on regular bases and at times, since I did not, I felt like I didn’t know what to say. I couldn’t quite grasp the concept as I had not practised self-harm in the same way. I did not think that I was being biased within my own community, that is not me at all! Perhaps because I felt that I never would be able to be capable of cutting outside of my previous patterns, I couldn’t identify with these other souls. I now feel differently. I now feel that I am capable.

Prior to this, suicide attempts and suicidal ideation were “my worst enemies.” Once after a 72 hour hold in a psych ward I was asked if I wanted to go home after a suicide attempt–my worst. I did. The psychiatrist asked me if I was still suicidal. I told him that, yes, in fact I was but with a caveat. I explained to him that I would be suicidal all of my life. It was just something that I would have to learn how to deal with. I wasn’t diagnosed Bipolar at the time or erudite enough (at that moment as I was still extremely depressed) to explain the complexities of dealing with the throes, the ups and downs, but I think he understood. Since I seemed to pose no danger to myself and they really couldn’t keep me there any longer, I was free to go.

I don’t know what keeps me from not cutting or trying to kill myself. Good supports, meds? Remembering some very key elements and conversations from the past and what I’ve been through? But the battle still ensues at times. Even though I would by relative, psychiatric terms be deemed “stable.”

I know that there are very few things that you can control in life. One, your words and two, your actions? Not always can you control your thoughts. But that’s okay. Sometimes you need to think about things to try and gain some clarity, even if they are not always so pleasant or are sometimes painful.