Trigger Warning: this post discusses thoughts of suicide and self harm
Definitely real (at 23:49)
- I’m anxious
- I’m awake
Possibly imagined (as of 23:53)
- I’m too anxious to sleep
- I felt suicidal
- That the red card (meltdown/crisis indicator) I put on my ward room door earlier was justified
What I think, on my anxiety level
I’m feeling lost in my mind. I feel that my anxieties about the impact the Covid-19 are real, but I don’t know if they’re any worse than everyone else’s.
For (high anxiety)
- I inflicted pain on myself
- Cut skin on my arms with my teeth (not that effective though).
- Had suicide present as a real option to resolve a problem.
- Being unable to go for a long walk removed an significant coping strategy
Against (normal anxiety)
- When talking to my care coordinator earlier we got disconnected, and she didn’t ring back, presumably because she felt I was repeating the same anxieties as on the last call to them 2 days ago.
- Ward staff waited 3 hours to respond to my crisis indicator (suggesting that they thought my feelings would be transient)
What I think, of crisis response
That it appears the ward staff have decided the best course of action in the event I am anxious is to ignore it, hoping that it dissipates. If it doesn’t, then offer me PRN and suggestions of coping strategies I’ve already exhausted, before finishing with that I need to talk to them so they can help, despite the indicator showing that means that I feel unable to talk.
- Leave any anxious person alone long enough (say 4 hours) and the anxiety will fade, even if it’s unpleasant for the anxious person.
- They did ignore my red indicator, and remarked that I should have gone to the office (I did, but froze and turned back – too anxious to wait).
- I was so anxious that relaxing made me cry (crying was suppressed as I was frozen up)
- I did eventually fall asleep, however briefly 4 hours later, so maybe and crisis wasn’t a “real crisis” (remark by nurse on duty)
- I seem to have upset every staff member I’ve come in contact with today
What I think, of me being alive
If I’m dead I can’t spread the Covid-19 disease, so why not end it all? I’ve got an untested plan for killing myself on the ward, but haven’t used it as if I get caught before completion I probably won’t get another chance.
For (do it)
- If I’m dead, I really can’t infect anyone else (at least not in a way that’s my fault)
- The staff used PPE (gloves, surgical mask and flimsy plastic apron) when dispensing medication this evening, suggesting that I am a real contamination threat.
- The staff don’t know I felt suicidal earlier, so they can’t mitigate what they don’t know about. I don’t even want to tell them after how dismissive they’ve been of the anxiety.
Against (don’t do it)
- Everyone else will still be alive and infecting each other.
- Everyone is a threat, not just me, I’m just lost in trying to comprehend how big (or not) of a threat I am compared to everyone else.
What I think, of remaining on the ward
I can see the perks, food, reasonable clean facilities, and I won’t be left with an escalating mess in my room, but the loss of freedom is a big deal, I really want to go for long walks to deal with anxiety.
Don’t need a for/against. I’ve already done it in my thoughts.
I’m losing confidence in my ability to assess my anxiety level, with the reactions of staff, and the general population’s anxiety level impacting my assessment.