Our expert says:
If you can check back in the archives of this forum, I have often discussed self-mutilation / cutting, with a number of people.
Sounds like you've done well to get off the pills, especially if they were no especially helpful.
I can't comment on whether the symptoms you describe could be due to stopping the pills, as its a complex matter depending on which pills at which doses, how long each was taken, and exactly how each was stopped, at what pattern of reuced doses over what length of time. But of course it's possible.
Iritability and anger can also be a reaction to stopping such drugs after one's brain has gotten used to them.
The antihistamines are also sedative, and not only are overdoses a bad idea, but after taking a subtaantial amount, stopping THEM suddenly can also cause light-headedness, irritability, etc.
If you have genuinely stopped the self-mutilation, congratulations. That's a considerable achievement ; and work hard to matintain that status, and don't relapse into cutting again.
A counsellor could help usefully to both continue in this path, but to work on better ways of dealing with the scarring risiduals from the cutting, and how best to explain it to others. Of course the longer you go without cutting, they more they can fade ( maybe aided by using bio-oil or some such help )
A counsellor, especially if working with modern proven methods like CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) can help you find far better and more effective and lasting ways of feeling important and in control, than cutting - as well as better ways of handling conflict such as with your mom.
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