I am definitely in recovery as I am starting to sleep longer – for the past year I have been surviving on 4 hours sleep a night, which everyone will tell you is not enough, however my body clock seemed determined that I would wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning and that was all there was to it.
I functioned fine, or so I thought. Then, last summer, 4 hours became less and one day, I went to work with no hours sleep and that’s when my psychosis became full blown.
I realise now I stayed in psychosis for quite a while last summer. I was only made aware recently of some of my actions which were appalling.
I don’t want to remember all I did. It fills me with shame.
I now find myself in a few situations that are tough to deal with; my return to work the hardest.
I am desperate to return see but my return is being delayed.
I am a little scared of returning to work truth be told, I am not sure if it is the aftermath of the psychosis, who I am or whether the effect of the depression but I am finding it hard being around people for long periods of time.
Reason being, I seem to be an outsider looking in to “normal” life.
I went out to lunch with my friend Miles today and I found myself looking at the people around me and trying to imagine their cosy life. You know, a life with no mental illness.
I felt such an outsider, outcast doing this. I wish my life was simple. As simple as having lunch with a friend or a colleague.
I felt so alone.
It seems most people who have mental health issues have people around them, partners, families, to support them through their hard times.
Apart from a handful of contacts, I have no-one serious. It makes the journey that little, lot, tougher.
Sometimes though I wonder how the journey would feel if I had someone to help me cope with it. Would I feel guilt on top of the other negative emotions? Guilt of not being a different, happier person.
It’s funny, not a month ago, I felt happier than I had been in a long time. How do things go so wrong so quickly?
I am writing all this in the hope it will help me pull through this cycle.
Happy, a month ago.
I wonder where I will be a month from now…