I slept like a baby last night. It was a bit of an effort waking up and being coherent but I feel pretty OK, which is a relief.
In the past I was becoming a very light sleeper, I could not settle, I would wake after about 4 hours and I had developed night sweats which were actually quite bad. This started after I was prescribed very strong antibiotics for PID, and, I have since discovered, because of my self medicating with a certain recreational drug. But even after the antibiotics finished, the sweats continued. I was also becoming very detached, my thoughts where spiraling again, and I would question everything. I have managed to stave off self harming, though. This is about 5-6 months now, I think.
I guess I had worked myself up a bit about the Mirtazapine (I think I had spelt the name incorrectly in the last post, apologies) antidepressants, which is silly as I have not exactly been on top of late so I should be eager to try something new, however, all of this stuff is pretty scary to be honest.
I remember when I was first on Sertraline 50mg then to 100mg I was full of energy, practically buzzing and hyper. It wore off after a while and leveled out, as they are meant to, and I started slipping back into the Dark Side. I still felt like I was on a safer level than before the antidepressants, however, I was self medicating and still breaking down inside, and I had started to self harm. I upped my own dose from 100mg to 150mg and then again to 200mg. The doctors did not say much about that, I was moving house during both those times so I guess they couldn’t anyway.
On paper it seems like it could be really helpful for me. I self medicate too much with alcohol, I use recreational drugs, and at this point, I have not used a certain drug now for two days (another story for another time), although I have been drinking to help with the dependency. I was a bit concerned that Mirtazapine is a sedative, but I think now that this will probably help with my feelings of restlessness and displacement. I have also had trouble with concentration and focus, hopefully it will help with this, too.
Which is another reason why I chose to start this blog. I need to find an outlet and something that will help me channel my energy. I like to paint and make my own clothes, or little items for people, like electric cigarette cases or purses. However, I have three or four things that still are not finished and I haven’t picked up a paint brush in months. Except to paint the house that I have just moved into, which does not quite count.
I believe that everyone needs to have something to work on, to perfect and to look forward to. Something that is just theirs to watch grow beneath their hands. That something, whatever it may be, breaks the monotony of this everyday life that most of the time is us straining ourselves for some other fracker, and to no real end other than to know that there should, hopefully, be enough at the end of the month to keep the roof over our heads and some tins in the cupboard for our children.
In breaking that monotony, and accomplishing something for ourselves, however slight it may be, keeps that little light inside of us from being fully extinguished.