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    I currently work as a health care assistant, with 12 hour shifts 3 or 4 times a week, in the past i have suffered severaly with depression, anxiety and an eating disorder and been in a psychiatric hospital twice, unfortunatly just over a month ago i fell into a relapse - my eating disorder took over and i lost a lot of weight and then started to have very low mood and anxious thoughts - i am on medication but have been given 2 weeks off and have been referred back to mental health services, the problem with my mental illness is it quickly takes over and causes me to cause serious harm to myself and take overdoses as a form of self harm. I just hoped someone else on here has struggled with mental illness and has any tips or ideas of how i can cope with shifts and still keep my mental health stable. Im trying to bring enjoyment back to my life but struggle with doing so on shift as i become so tired from the long days, i honestly dont know what to do, it got to the point that i was in the toilets crying and would spend my breaks self harming
    If anyone has any experience or tips please please please share them with me!!
    Thank you

    Eating disorders and Self-harm
    Though they are different both can actually be classed as a form of self-harm. They are both normally issues that give people a sense of control and they are very similar in some ways.

    I good starting point is to reflect back on what caused you ED and see if the issues are recurring and also find a pad a writing day when experience the lows which cause you to self-harm, then you can reflect on this writing book and this can help you see your triggers and also it is a positive way of releasing emotions or frustration.

    If you go to see a professional you can take this with you so they can see exactly what points of the day are your worst or if there is anything they can do. Ok, I hope this helps. Self-harm is a way to deal with tempory feeling but it also should be a tempory solution. Also, I just want to inform you that self-harm is very addictive I suggest you do receive help.

    Do stay safe and well and wish you the best.
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