Trying to keep it together.

The hours at work are spent in endless rumination. It’s what I tried explaining to my previous doctor when I said something always comes over me when I’m there that makes time there feel unbearable, causing unexpected tears to well up and a battle to keep my composure. As much as I might try keeping a tune in my head to distract or try focusing on my breathing, it doesn’t get me through the entire day. And I’m aware that it’s all me. I could be anywhere and I’d still experience this and I feel guilty that it isn’t so easy as to just think positively or being able to shut my thoughts out, but it is how it is and may always be. When days like this happen to be particularly bad, I really wonder if I am doing well at all or am anywhere near it. Or if my definition of “well” is far off from what I should ever really expect.

I tried to get in touch with the new psychiatrist earlier this week and didn’t get a call back. So I give up on scheduling an additional session and will wait until the June appointment. By then I hope I haven’t slipped too far back, but somewhere inside I wouldn’t mind seeing that happen. I’m much less convinced it matters what I end up doing to myself, especially when there isn’t truly anyone to turn to. I’ll leave it my business. My own secrets.

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2 responses to “Trying to keep it together.

  1. It can be incredibly frustrating when these moments continue to find us and we feel we have no one to turn to. As someone who deals with anxiety and depression I know exactly what that feels like. Finding a therapist is also something far more difficult than people make it out to be. I like to think of it as making a relationship. Like any intimate relationship or just friendship, you won’t click with everyone. And therapists are no different. Sometimes you have to try A LOT before you find one that clicks with you. So I encourage you not to give up yet, as someone who has been there. You are not alone in this and you are loved. Keep fighting the fight.

    I run a blog on mental illness called “Dear Hope”, join the community here: wemustbebroken.com

  2. Your image above speaks volumes, and so many can relate. Hang in, Allyson. You are so worth the fight.

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