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I know I thought I was done with it, but I have been thinking about suicide a lot lately. I have been feeling pretty depressed. I don’t know if it is the time of year, or the book I have been reading about suicide.

I just keep thinking about how awful my year was last year. And how alone I am. Not just alone for the holidays that have passed, but alone in general.

I’m single. And I’d be okay with being single if I had a family that was close, or reliable, or just not bad people. But I don’t have that.

And I’d be okay with being single and having an awful family, if I had really good, reliable friends. But I don’t have that either.

Most of my friends are good people. But they also have their own problems. And they don’t really have much time for me.

I keep wishing I could just throw my depression and feelings back into that locked room in my head. And I can. But that’s not what this past year has been about. All this stuff was so much easier to deal with when I wasn’t dealing with it.

I know this suicide stuff is just my brain malfunctioning again. I feel so detached from it sometimes now. The suicidal ideation comes and I know it isn’t me that wants that. And I think “Here are my thoughts of suicide, but I already know I want to be alive.”

And then I tell myself that my brain is lying to me again. And eventually I start feeling better. As intense as my suicidal ideation is sometimes, I also feel like it is happening somewhere far away.

Like my brain is sending me postcards from Europe. Usually they are happy and upbeat. Sometimes they are deep and philosophical. Other times they are amusing or interesting. And, a few, times a year, they are depressed and suicidal.

But those postcards don’t compel me to act in any way. I can just read them. Think about them. And then continue on with my life. Thinking of it that way is really helpful.

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  1. I’m in the same situation, although I have a terrific partner. Both of us live in the middle of no where and basically know no one in our town. All of our friends back from where we’re from are completely unreliable, so when I’m busy writing, and my partner needs to reach out, her friends are always just too busy.

    If I ever get depressed again, I’m basically going to reach out to my blog’s followers. There’s so many nice people here. I’ve never met them but they’re already better friends than the ones I have met. Your average person is selfish.

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  2. Being able to separate yourself from your thoughts is huge. I’m sorry you’re having to cope with this crap, and I hope things start to look up and feel more hopeful soon. You’ve made an arse-ton of progress over the last year.

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    • I know. That’s what I keep telling myself. And the thought separation is like a whole new world now. And now I’m going to have that Aladdin song stuck in my head.

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      • I woke up with “Under the Sea” in my head– like immediately upon gaining consciousness it was banging out through my mind. I think it’s because my bladder was so full. Close call.

        Hope ya have a great week 🙂

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