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Destructive Desires - April 16th 2016, 02:21 AM

So, I've never posted, only read through posts, but I have yet to see anything n what I really need advice abut. I've been diagnosed with Bipolar II and Anxiety disorders along with OCD (only mild compulsions). I've been going to the doctor so often I'm getting sick of it The thing is, my moods have stabilized, but I've been having weird thoughts and desires. I feel the need to cut or drink or punch something, anything destructive that I can think of. For the most part, I've been able to stop myself, but it's difficult and exhausting. I'm sleeping less and very out of it because I spend all my energy trying to keep myself from doing anything harmful.
My mother suffers from TONS of different mental issues and so does my grandmother and I think that's where I get it. But what scares me is that on both sides of my family there have been multiple alcoholics and addicts in general. So with these destructive feelings, I worry that if I don't keep up with them I'll fall into this all-consuming cycle of destruction.
Can anybody relate to this? Am I the only one? Any suggestions how to deal with these needs to be destructive? or where they might come from?
   
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Re: Destructive Desires - April 16th 2016, 04:02 PM

I can totally relate to this. Sometimes I do want to just self-destruct, because it is what I am used to doing and I have found "works" for short-term. I try not to do it as much as possible. I think it would be helpful to find a healthy replacement for the destructive urge. Find some sort of action or hobby that you can do INSTEAD of the destructive one. Ideas: going for a quick run or walk, coloring free print-out mandalas or coloring book, baking or cooking something that smells good and sounds tasty, making a fun to-do list on Pinterest. Good luck!
   
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Re: Destructive Desires - April 25th 2016, 06:53 PM

I understand what you are saying.
I am diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and I used to self-harm.
I also get feelings of needing to destruct something, particularly when I'm mad, sad, anxious or upset.
I find that it helps if I rip up a piece of paper towel or paper into tiny pieces. That way you aren't breaking something of value or harming yourself.

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