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Desiring self-harm? - August 9th 2012, 12:13 AM

I don't really know why, but I'm really wanting to self-harm right now. I've been fighting the feeling for the past couple of days, but honestly, I'm getting tired of it. I self-harmed like four other times earlier this year. I've never cut- I want to- but I guess I'm too afraid. I just scratch myself, really. What should I do? I don't think I'm strong enough to fight this again.
   
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Re: Desiring self-harm? - August 9th 2012, 02:38 AM

Hey there
First of all, great work on fighting the urge to harm yourself the last few days. That's really great.
I can understand feeling tired and not knowing if you want to or can fight any longer, but you can!
You say that you don't know why you have this urge to hurt yourself. I think that it would be really great for you to try to think through things that have happened these last few days to try to identify where this urge has come from...what triggered it. Identifying triggers can be very difficult, but it's really important when fighting back against self-harm. If you know what is triggering you, then at least sometimes you can eliminate that trigger, or you can prepare yourself when you know you will be encountering such a thing. It also gives you the freedom to explore why it effects you in such a way so that hopefully, with time you can kind of break free from it bothering you so much. If that makes sense.
So. Has anything happened over the last few days that has upset you in any way? Maybe you're upset with someone else, or maybe you feel disappointed in yourself due to not achieving a particular outcome? It could be any number of things, even something that you fight have saw/heard/felt that could have reminded you of something upsetting.

As far as what you can do right now to help you...you can always try some alternatives/distractions to help you fight the urges. Have you taken a look at our list of alternatives? If you haven't, or even if you have, it's over here: click me!
It's a rather lengthy list of things that you can do to help you overcome the urge to hurt yourself. There are a lot of things to try, so if the first few things don't help you--don't fret! There's bound to be something in there that will work. More than one thing, even.

Have you ever confided in anyone that you struggle with this? It can be really helpful to have support from people in your life when you are struggling with something like self-harm. I know it isn't an easy thing to talk about, but it really is beneficial to have support from those around you. They can help distract you when things are hard, they can encourage you, and they can hold you accountable. So if you haven't told anyone that you're struggling, maybe you could try to talk to someone you trust. And if you have told people that you're having a hard time, maybe it would be a good idea to reach out to them for some extra support.

Stay strong, ok? You can get through these urges to hurt yourself. You deserve a lot better than to feel this way, and you don't need self-harm in your life. It doesn't solve anything...in fact, it really only makes things worse.

I hope I've helped some. Let me know if there's any other way that I can help.

Take care.



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