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:Trigger: May be Triggering for some - not not explicit.

 

Hi All, 

 

I've been cutting since I was 12, was diagnosed with Bipolar II when I was 15; which seems to explain why - I've never really figured it out myself. 

 

I've had long periods of recovery, and I really thought I had it cracked this time. I was wrong. Last night I relapsed. 

 

I'm going to keep working on getting better, and not let this get me down or put me off finding healthier solutions, the usual spiel, but in the meantime I have to deal with the fallout, and I think I need some support with that.

 

My family knows about my history with SI, and how I've been good for a while - but we don't tend to talk about it much, it's an uncomfortable subject after all. Since I'm home from uni and staying with them right now, I'm struggling with whether or not to come clean. I didn't want to upset them, and am fairly sure this is not going to be indicative of a serious relapse, so I wasn't going to mention anything. Then my aunt invited us to go swimming with herself and my cousins - worst luck!

Fairly sure I could lie my way out of it, which would be less stressful option for all; but also sets a precedence I've been trying to avoid. On the other hand, piling familial stress on top of my current abundance of crazy seems like a recipe for disaster.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Lillian. 

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Personally, my sh is private. I don't tell anyone that I'm doing it (except, eventually, my care team). I don't think it's any of your family's business. It will only upset both them and you - where is the upside? 

 

I would handle the invitation the same as to any other thing you'd like to go to but can't attend. "It was kind of you to think of me, I can't now but maybe next time."

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There's also a saying, "secrets keep us sick."

You deserve to have love and support from your family if they are available.

Any chance someone in your immediate family would be good to talk about it with so you don't have to go it alone?

Also, any thoughts about waterproof sticking plasters (are they called that where you are?)?

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