People Share Their Craziest 'Yeah, This Is My All-Time Low' Experiences
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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

Many of us strive to do better in life and be the best versions of ourselves.

At least that's the hope since there is always room for improvement for the good of humanity.

But in order to take the necessary steps, we must first acknowledge our missteps and learn from them.

And sometimes, in spite of our best intentions, life can deal to us unexpected blows, and it's up to us to rise above it all.

Curious to hear about life experiences from strangers, Redditor MikBrasil asked:

"People of Reddit, what is the situation that you thought to yourself 'Yeah, this is my all-time low?'"

A series of bad life choices and circumstances led people to experiences their biggest regrets.

Nowhere To Go But Up

"Last year my mental health finally hit rock bottom. I was over my marriage, I hate being in the military, and I had little to no interest in anything. I drank heavily for about a month. I’m talkin whole handles in a day."

"One of those nights I planned to take my life. I was going to write out my note to the family and sit in my shower, bathroom door locked, and blow my brains out. I got as far as putting the barrel in my mouth but I was the only one with my kids and I couldn’t bring myself to do it."

"Next day I had a psychiatric appointment and told them about my struggles and my plans to kill myself. They shipped me off to a mental health program for military members. I was there for two months going thru therapy, processing my traumas, and learning all of the science behind mental health."

"During that time my wife left me for another man, moved out of our home, and I had no idea until I got out and returned to an empty home. I think that time of my life and really that moment after I got home to an empty house, after working my a** off to better my mental health, definitely was the lowest point of my life."

"But on the bright side a year later I’m a lot happier. There’s no where to go but up once you hit that all time low."

– Manonthemoonxv

A Family Problem

"When I went to my ex-wife’s parents to plead for help dealing with their gambling addicted daughter. Poured my guts out explaining that if we didn’t get help for her soon we’d lose the only house our 3 sons have ever known. Over the last year we were together I stopped counting her loses once I hit $100k. Casino apps are no joke."

"Anyway, her parents explained they had no idea en would step in asap. 2 weeks later my ex and her family got together over the weekend. They didn’t tell me anything other than keep an eye on the boys. No problem, figured it was an intervention."

"Nope. They all went to the casino together. I filed 2 months later after realizing I could secure the house for my kids."

– andS0NS

A Dark And Lonely Period

"For me it was the time I invested my money, my time and lost my relationship for an agency I built with my best friend. That was a solid 3 years then he(my bestfriend) took all our clients and team and made a new agency and left me with all the debts and misery. Yep that was my All time low, no love-life, no money, no work, and disappointed my family. fast forward 3 years, Almost done paying my debts, created a new team, new clients, but it was a hard 3 years to do it all by myself."

– stevedeleon1991

For some, it doesn't get any lower than body image and body functions.

Health Problem

"When I got in my car and my gut was so big that even with the seat as far back as it could go, it would dig into the steering wheel. I had to suck in my gut before making turns."

"Heaviest i'd been in my life. 100 lbs down from that weight though. Still going strong."

– ThatoneguyTonight


"When I had been on a 3 day party trip and was going back to my apartment on the train. Started to sweat like mad and my stomach did NOT feel good. Tried to waddle myself home like a penguin, clenching my buttcheeks all the way. About 200m from my apartment building it didn’t work anymore and I sh*t my pants."

"Had to then sh*t the rest out on the pavement, and get home asap. I don’t think you could even measure the level of shame, anxiety and stupidity I felt at that time"

– manwithtubeinhishead

People who struggled with being an alcoholic shared their stories.

Publicly Embarrassed

"The amount of times I a grown woman have peed myself in public, drunk is insane. Anyway, I'm two weeks sober today and never touching the sh*t again in my life. Here's to you doing better too. You got this, my boy."

– IreallEwannasay

Faced With Ultimatum

"I was at work, still drunk from the night before. I was starting to panic realizing that I would have a client in my office in a half hour and I looked like sh*t and felt worse."

"The kicker? I worked in a drug and alcohol treatment center. I was the financial person and did the intake process with every client before they went to see their counselor."

"I ended up going to my boss, fessing up, admitting that I had a problem and being told that I needed to get help or I’d have to be let go. I was faced with losing my job, which would lead to losing my home and probably custody of my child. I realized I was on the path to becoming my father and stepmother and I did NOT want that. I had to make a choice and my whole life hinged on that choice."

"I’ve been sober over 17 years now."

– FairyDustSailor

These Redditors didn't plan to end up where they found themselves.

The Accident Survivor

"Woke up with a tube down my throat, brace around my neck, cuts and bruises everywhere, unable to move with two cops right above me. I had to sit there while they explained to me I was hit by a driver who ran a light. I had to drop out of school for a year, lost my job and was in/out of treatments for over a year."

"All because of someone’s stupid decision."

"Edit: should have mentioned this, I wasn’t in a car. I was crossing a well lite crosswalk. And yes, I waited until the sign turned green and looked around for cars, still wasn’t enough to save me."

– BranwenTheRiveter

Living Conditions

"When I rented a 'room' in a house, and it was the 4’ x 7’ floor space behind a home basement bar, you could smell the dead rats in the wall."

– Canary_Trap

Rude Awakening

"Psych ward. I remember waking up and thinking 'I never thought I'd see this day.'"

– IntrepidMage

Unfortunately, for many people, their life's wake-up call to do better doesn't come until they've scraped the bottom of the barrel.

Hopefully, those at their lowest lows can recognize the signs that will encourage them to get out of the rut.

They may not know it, but there is always someone caring enough to help guide them out of the darkness.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at

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