Thank you so much for sharing your story.
When I have more time I will tell my story in more detail, but for now I will just tell you that I am so very confused and angry about this. Since I got my Copper IUD implanted 3 years ago I have been on a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster that has nearly killed me. Although I have a history of mild situational depression, and a slightly more severe case of post-partum depression after the birth of my daughter in 2008, I have never experienced such desperate hopelessness as I have since having my IUD implanted. However, within 3 months of the insertion (my daughter was nearly 2 at that point), I became so emotionally unstable and insane (for lack of a better word) that I tried to end my life. I spent over a week in the ICU after overdosing on Motrin and other medications, and another week on a regular medical floor before I was able to go home to "hopefully" recover.
I am an early educator who is passionately in love with my line of work and am a wonderful mother; but because of my suicide attempt and emotional instability I was ordered only supervised visits with my daughter for 6 months after getting out of the hospital- which nearly killed me all over again.
I stopped taking any and all psychotropic medications that were so freely being prescribed to me after my daughter was born, and that along with the harsh realization of what I had almost so selfishly accomplished, I began fighting my urges to cut and leave the world before my time. However, it has not been an easy road... I am still incredibly emotionally sensitive- when my husband does something that I perceive as wrong I become a nasty, vicious, immature witch, immediately followed by a sad, needy, weepy, "victim". It literally never occurred to me that I could possibly be suffering from some obscure side-effect of my IUD. I was told "no hormones, no problems" when I was originally trying to decide on a birth-control method after my daughter was born, and I'm angry I wasn't warned about copper toxicity or any potential psychological side-effects of the copper IUD. If anyone else has experienced something similar to us that have posted here, PLEASE share your story so we can help each other and others who may be considering this method of birth control.
I am going to do some deep research, talk to my doctor, and hopefully get to the bottom of this. Thank you again for sharing.