This is non-fiction and belongs on Advocate for Mental Illness.
I am Beholden
By Tessa Smeigh
I am beholden to God. God really was my savior. This is a true story.
3 years ago I attempted to take my life. I didn’t know how many pills and alcohol I needed so I drank a full bottle of wine and took a huge handful of pills in addition to my regular nightly load of psychiatric drugs. All I managed to do was end up groggy and super drowsy.
I upset my family, my daughter took me to the hospital and I spent 9 days locked up while they started me on medication and provided lots of therapy. In addition to my bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic, OCD, they diagnosed me with PTSD and borderline personality disorder.
I was released on my birthday, but had to agree to at least 3 – 5 more weeks of partial hospitalization which was…
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