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Self Harm If you or someone you know is struggling with self harm and needs advice or alternatives, we're here to help.

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Im not entirely sure - June 28th 2013, 09:15 PM

Does it count as self harm even if or when you don't draw blood?


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Re: Im not entirely sure - June 28th 2013, 09:21 PM

Hi there,

Basically anything you do to intentionally harm yourself counts as self harm. Taken from our "Is this self harm?" thread:

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-Cutting
-Burning
-Branding (Taking hot objects and putting them on your skin)
-Picking at your skin
-Scratching
-Taking off scabs/Picking at old wounds
-Pulling out hair
-Hitting
-Bone breaking
-Biting
-Multiple piercings/tattoos (Can be self harm if done for the pain)
-Drinking harmful chemicals (Just to harm body)
-Smoking/drugs (Just to harm body)

And this isn't even a full list.
So basically even if it is just a scratch that doesn't draw blood or if you're hitting yourself, it counts as self harm because you are doing it to hurt yourself to feel pain or cope with negative emotions.

In other words, yes, it does count as self harm even if you don't draw blood.

I'd try to find other ways to cope with your emotions rather than self harm. For instance, you can talk to people or use an alternative located here. If one doesn't work, don't get discouraged. There are more where that came from. I'd try to stop the behavior now before it gets worse.

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Re: Im not entirely sure - June 29th 2013, 11:29 AM

Hi there,

I agree with Dez. Like stated, anything you do to intentionally harm yourself counts as self-harm. So, yes, it does count if you don't draw blood.

Personally, I started off scratching before I began to cut (and draw blood), so I think you should combat the behaviour now. The Alternatives thread has plenty of good ideas. You could try doing something that you enjoy or that makes you happy. I find that watching or looking at something funny is great for cheering oneself up temporarily.

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Re: Im not entirely sure - June 29th 2013, 07:25 PM

I scratch myself a lot these days. I know that it's wrong and that it really isn't something I should do, but I don't know. I want to stop, like, now! Thank you for that link, I'm looking into it.


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Re: Im not entirely sure - June 30th 2013, 01:43 PM

As the others have said Slef harm is anything done to intentionally harm yourself. As you know it's not good for you and it just damages your body.
Those alternatives can be very useful, just remember that it's trial and error and therefore not all of them may work for you, but hang in there and you will find one that does.

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Re: Im not entirely sure - June 30th 2013, 03:24 PM

I was just wondering about the severity actually. But I don't want to graduate from this to something worse. Thank you


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Re: Im not entirely sure - July 1st 2013, 04:39 AM

Hey there,

I used to scratch to myself also, and although I was able to quit soon after I started (thanks to some lovely folks on TH ), it had definitely become an addiction of sorts and I struggled not to go back to it. I would definitely try to stop before it goes too far. It also seems to be a common trend that people start out scratching themselves and eventually progress to cutting, so that's further motivation to stop, of course. That was actually a big part of why I stopped scratching.

If you ever want someone to talk to who has been in a similar situation, don't hesitate to PM/VM me anytime. I'm always happy to talk. Good luck!

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