Our expert says:
Sorry, folks, for the delay in responding. I've spent an anxious day in the dark, as Tshwane City Council can't keep the lights on, and this is my third power-cut this year.
As you've discovered, self-mutilation is not only not helpful for you, but it really freaks out other people. Major congratulations on managing to restrain the urge to cut, for over a year --- good work ! Maybe you will need to stay on the Cilift long-term. Some people are lucky enough to have a single episode of Depression. Some have 2 oe 3. But it's generally agreed if one has had 2, and certainly 3, it is safest to remain on the meds long-term, to reduce the risk of relapses.
As Liza says, don't feel bad about needing meds --- people with diabetes always have diabetes, but if they take their insulin or whatever, they live to a good old age, instead of dying in their 20's.
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