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Is this bad - October 4th 2012, 01:27 PM

Hey again I am kinda new to this website and the whole SH so I guess I am trying to just get my thoughts straight. I started digging my nails into my skin about 3 weeks ago. I guess i did it bcuz the stress of school and life just got to me. I dont know if digging my nails into my skin is super wrong or even SH. I told my mom last night and she said we need to find another way for u to deal with the stress. I really want to do tht but i guess i like the feeling of the pain... I dont think I will take if further but You never know... Any advice on this would be helpful.

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Re: Is this bad - October 4th 2012, 10:23 PM

I honestly believe everybody's a masochist at heart. Self harm, and harm in general, releases endorphin which help stimuli the happiness emotion.

Even though I neither supportive nor against self-harm in general, your mother is correct. You should, if you can, find another way of dealing with stress. Go into sports, compete, possibly even exercise daily.

And just for your information, stress isn't a bad thing. Learn to use stress to benefit you.

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Re: Is this bad - October 5th 2012, 04:18 AM

Hey there, I started out the same time, scratching, digging my nails into my hands and arms, then biting. And it progressed from there. Self Harm is extremely addictive and is a battle to overcome when it goes too far. So, you know its bad and you're in the beginning stages find something to keep your hands busy if you get the temptation.

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Re: Is this bad - October 6th 2012, 02:51 AM

Although I can't say that the actions your taking are the worst in the world, they can progress quickly into something else.

I agree with your mom, and I think its best for you to try and find another way to deal with stress. SH is extremely addictive and has the ability to get out of hand fast, so try your best to avoid it.
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Re: Is this bad - October 8th 2012, 07:34 PM

Pain becomes a bad thing when you are using it to deal with problems, issues, stress and other emotions. The pain becomes nice because it's associated with the release of stress and takes the focus away from it. So yes, I would say that is not a wise behavior to continue. There are other ways to cope with stress. Associating pain with it is not a good thing, and after a while it's something people unconsciously sacrifice control over. I recommend talking to a counselor and look for other ways to cope with stress.

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Re: Is this bad - October 8th 2012, 09:16 PM

As much as it pains me to say a mother is right, yours is.
Try using the butterfly project or maybe working out.
Anything to keep your mind off the stress.
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