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Introduction to self harm/injury
Member Name: devilgirl1289
Advantages: helps deal with stress you can't any other way.
Disadvantages: damaging, addictive, can be life threatening, stigma surrounding it, scars...and much more
My body tells a story of addiction, pain and turmoil.
Scars tattoo my body as a result of years of self harm. Cutting was my first choice but I did use other methods:
3. Chemical Burns
4. Hair Pulling
These are just some examples of ways people can self harm. Self harm is an act to cause harm to your body WITHOUT the intent of killing yourself. Many people think that self harm is a failed suicide act when it is actually an act to allow one to continue living and cope with feelings that can lead them to feeling suicidal.
Another myth is that self harm is attention seeking. But this is very rarely the case. Most self harmers' will hide their injuries, and go to great lengths to do so. If someone wants attention then why would they hide it? If someone does make their injuries public do not view it as attention seeking and view it as a cry for help. If people want to get your attention then they obviously need some help.
When describing self harm to people I have always likened it to smoking or drinking to make it more assessable from people to understand. If you are stressed people often will NEED to have a drink or a cigarette or chocolate. It is a way to cope with that stress. You crave something, and for some people that can be to hurt themselves.
People have said that self harm can act as:
1. A release
2. A distraction
3. A way to feel (common for people feel numb)
4. To check you are alive
The act of harming yourself can release endorphins, thus the feeling of release. However like many things, to get the effect you want you have to do more and more until the main issue becomes the self harm itself - like alcohol or cigarettes.
Many people who self harm have underlying issues which they must deal with before being able to tackle the self harm. This can be a range of situations like abuse, bullying, stress, anxiety, rape, pearly developing psychosis, depression, mood disorders, and many other precursors.
When I was at school it was very difficult to get good information about self injury on the internet, through books and from my GP. However the situation has changed slightly. There is a lot more accurate information out there that takes a sympathetic understanding of self harm. Schools, GP's and many others now know about self harm. There is more research into the subject and more focused therapies around.
Look for information on valued websites and companies to do with health and mental health for accurate information.
This is just a short introduction to self injury.
It has saved my life but also marked me with pain that I can never forget.
Self harm can sometimes be the thing to save someone when they have no other coping mechanism is available to them.
Summary: I would never say self harm is a good idea but I would never force someone to stop until they can.