Writing about this stuff is difficult for me; it's a lot easier to indulge in and write about your strengths than your weaknesses. Still, mental illness is not something that people should be ashamed of any more than getting sick in general, and I hope that by writing here I send the message that it's not something you need to hide. And, let's admit an uncomfortable truth — for many people, body modification is a form of self-therapy (which is part of the reason that I've tried to defend difficult subjects like underage body modification and even cutting — because I know it's saving lives).
But anyway, I guess that a whole bunch of things caught up on me all at once (financial stresses, increased workload, of course the recent breakup, business issues, and the stress of the finger surgery) and just pushed me past my thresholds and I kind of hit that level where if you don't seek help, it's nervous breakdown or even suicide time… and I've been there before and don't want to go there again. I guess though the good thing about the breakup and my cousin killing himself is that it emphasized to me that if I felt bad, I needed to get help.
I spent today at my old psyche ward home, and for the first time in about ten years have regular appointments with my doctor (the top suicide specialist in Canada). I'm not feeling too hot, but I know I can make it to my next appointment (someone gave me the “one day at a time” advice here online, and it's good advice). Since I know that probably 90% of the people reading this can relate quite directly to what I'm talking about, I'm on some low-level SSRI (although I won't feel that for a few weeks) and have a little lorazepam as well which I may or may not take… My doctor is aware of my other drug use and didn't seem too concerned about it, but I'm working on reducing that as well.
Other than that, I also ordered two terabytes of harddrives today and a RAID controller card for them, so we should soon have a terabyte of storage for IAM (which will be used to store pictures and so on). Once we have that NAS running, we'll work on upgrading some of the other hardware powering the site as well so that I can remove the user cap and we can start growing again. I also found a local supplier for the telephony card I wanted to use so that might happen as well soon.
I'm going to do my best to keep ModBlog maintained over the next while, but I do have to do a little trimming of my workload so I apologize if I make less daily posts until I get myself back on my feet. Anyway, I consider a great deal of the people who read this my friends even if I don't talk to them every day, so I hope you didn't mind me writing so personally here if you're a total stranger!