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Is this normal? I think I've had a breakdown

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 28, 2010
  • 00:19 AM

To cut a long story short, I've had a lot to deal with recently... huge family argument that ended up with my drunk mother trying to get me arrested for assaulting my brother, telling the police I'm an unfit mother, and trying to get them to section me.
The police's decision was that my son and I were not safe to stay with my mum, and took us home to my husband (even though it was out of their area.) Since then my mum has been trying to turn everyone against me and my husband had to call the police on my brother because he wouldn't stop harrasing me.

I slowly started to crack. I saw an emergency doctor and was put on a course of diazepam for a stress related episode. A few days later I tried to slit my wrist... I felt no emotion. I kissed my son goodbye and told him his daddy would look after him now. Shortly after that I was put into a pysch unit as I didn't feel safe in myself and my husband didn't felt he could protect me. They put my meds up and I felt drugged up the whole time I was in there. I hated it in there so much. There were so may inconsistences, and when I complained, a nurse told me to stop spitting me dummy out of the prma and that I'm a grown woman with a child and need to start acting like it. Then I got so stressed out I tried to leave the ward. A nurse detained me under the mental health act, but my own pyschiatrist discharged me 15 mins later.

I'm home now but I feel like I've lost most of my abilities. I've barely left my bed in days, didn't eat or wash for 2 days, have had to get my husband to care for my son. I do want to get better, but I don't know how. The best way I can explain how I feel is: imagine someone has had a stroke and has to learn how to walk and talk again... that's how I feel mentally, as if I've just lost my ability to do anything.

I was just wondering if anyone can relate to this and has any advice? My husband is very supportive but doesn't really know what to do for me.

I would really appreciate any helpful comments

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  • To cut a long story short, I've had a lot to deal with recently... huge family argument that ended up with my drunk mother trying to get me arrested for assaulting my brother, telling the police I'm an unfit mother, and trying to get them to section me.The police's decision was that my son and I were not safe to stay with my mum, and took us home to my husband (even though it was out of their area.) Since then my mum has been trying to turn everyone against me and my husband had to call the police on my brother because he wouldn't stop harrasing me.I slowly started to crack. I saw an emergency doctor and was put on a course of diazepam for a stress related episode. A few days later I tried to slit my wrist... I felt no emotion. I kissed my son goodbye and told him his daddy would look after him now. Shortly after that I was put into a pysch unit as I didn't feel safe in myself and my husband didn't felt he could protect me. They put my meds up and I felt drugged up the whole time I was in there. I hated it in there so much. There were so may inconsistences, and when I complained, a nurse told me to stop spitting me dummy out of the prma and that I'm a grown woman with a child and need to start acting like it. Then I got so stressed out I tried to leave the ward. A nurse detained me under the mental health act, but my own pyschiatrist discharged me 15 mins later.I'm home now but I feel like I've lost most of my abilities. I've barely left my bed in days, didn't eat or wash for 2 days, have had to get my husband to care for my son. I do want to get better, but I don't know how. The best way I can explain how I feel is: imagine someone has had a stroke and has to learn how to walk and talk again... that's how I feel mentally, as if I've just lost my ability to do anything.I was just wondering if anyone can relate to this and has any advice? My husband is very supportive but doesn't really know what to do for me. I would really appreciate any helpful commentsThanksWell, I don't really have an answer, because I have the same questions. My 'breakdown' was about 4 years ago, and my wife says I'm still not back to normal...still not confident, myself, or 'the life of the party' as she used to call me. I am working on it and am functional again, but not without major anxiety and revisits to medication. I'm sure somebody out there has the help we need, and I also believe time and prayer will lead our thinking right over time, but hang in there...we'll be alright!
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  • That's awful! I believe you may want to seek some psychotherapy or at least look for a second opinion, such as a different psychiatrist, as soon as possible. Perhaps your husband should seek some therapy as well because family members are affected when they see a loved one stricken with such a horrible disorder.Hope things get better for you soon!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2010
    • 04:10 PM
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  • The nurse's reaction I feel was inappropriate, but you and your family need help and support. If you have a good doctor that's great. If your family beyond your husband and child are stressors then take a break from them till you are on your feet again. Take care of your ADL's even when it is all you can achieve in a day, and if you can do more, get a little exercise, that helps alot. This could be a breakdown but it could be alot of other things too, good luck on this difficult journey.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2010
    • 02:29 PM
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