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Does anyone else do this? - July 1st 2013, 08:24 AM

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I tagged triggering because I didn't want to take any chances.

So, I haven't cut in almost 2 years now. I'm really proud of the fact but I've also noticed other forms of self harm forming and I want to know if anyone else has issues with these.
Sometimes when I become upset I will take really hot showers, until my skin is red for hours. I usually don't realize that I'm even doing it until it starts to hurt.
I also do this thing where when I get angry, I punch myself, usually in the head. It's almost like a tantrum and it's been awhile since I've done it but it's obviously very embarrassing, although I've never done it in front of anyone. I know the safety precautions behind these things and I know how badly it can mess you up. But in the past, I don't know, I become very out of it and violent. Not towards other people, only towards myself and then when it's over it's really weird because it's like I can hardly remember what happens?
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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 1st 2013, 03:50 PM

Hi there, Emily!

It sounds like you could be replacing cutting by using other forms of self-harm, which are no less harmful than cutting or any other method. Personally, I have never developed another behaviour in place of one I've stopped, but there have been plenty of posts from people on here who went through something similar.

I think it might be a good idea to seek help for these behaviours, as they could be at risk of progressing into something more serious, so you should try and combat them now.

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 1st 2013, 04:10 PM

Congrats on being self harm free for almost two years. You're experiences sound similar to mine. I have problems because so much anger and other emotions build up and i haven't properly learned to vent that without harming yet. Perhaps that could be why you have these issues. Hopefully you can try to find a better way to vent such emotions properly, it takes quite of bit of time to figure it all out. You can message me any time if you ever need to talk.
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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 1st 2013, 07:16 PM

I have scratched myself in the past, but I suppose that falls along the same lines as cutting.

I agree with what the other users have suggested - I think you should talk to someone and try to stop harming yourself as soon as possible, before it gets to a point where it's extremely hard to stop.

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 2nd 2013, 07:38 AM

[EDIT]I agree with the above posters; talk to someone, before this escalates. If you're strong enough to stop cutting, you're strong enough to do anything. Stay strong.

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 9th 2013, 02:58 AM

I do the same. I take hot showers, until the water almost feels cold, if you understand what I mean. The water is so hot, that your body thinks that it freezing. [EDIT]

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 10th 2013, 09:41 AM

I have done the shower thing too [EDITED]....also hitting yourself in the head can lead to some not so good things, I know that sometimes i hit my legs, but never my head. However, self harm is in no one way good for you and just because you are not cutting does not mean you are not self harming because you are. I would try to find a healthier way to cope with your problems and believe me when I say i am far from perfect and am not so great at that either. Do your best though and I find it is really helpful to actually make a tally or find someone to keep you accountable. My boyfriend started to ask to see my cuts and it was so that I would self harm less because I did not want him to see that. It actually worked really well (for a little bit haha)

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 13th 2013, 06:02 AM

Woah! Good to know someone else does the shower thing too.

i'm fine, but i'm just not happy.
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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 14th 2013, 12:57 PM

When I'm trying not to self harm, I do other things. [Edit]

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 14th 2013, 04:13 PM

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 14th 2013, 09:03 PM

I used to take hot showers alot, I now have warm showers or cold showers, I actually find just having the water run over me for a short period of time helps me calm down without the need for the shower to be on a hot setting .

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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 15th 2013, 12:41 AM

I always do the shower thing.
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Re: Does anyone else do this? - July 15th 2013, 01:36 PM

Hey there,

I think you should be proud of yourself for going two years without cutting. That is absolutely amazing.

Yes, in the past I have done some of the things you described because they were alternatives to cutting myself. I think the reason that these habits form is because we still need the sensation that self harm brings. The habits that you see forming might not bring the same exact sensation that cutting did but it gives you some type of feeling other than whatever you are feeling in that moment. So, if you are sad, angry etc you don't have to focus on that any longer because you can focus on the hot water running down the back.

I think that you can overcome these habits as well but it can take time. I struggled a lot with hitting myself which is something you said you do as well. I would get so mad at other people, situations or myself that I would end up hitting myself. I've started to learn to control this by stopping and counting to three and thinking about why I am angry. Doing this allows me to calm down and I end up not needing to hit myself. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and give yourself some time to calm down. This is the method that has worked for me but you need to find what works for you; you need to find a way to deal with your anger in a healthy way. It might be good to check out Alternatives to Self Harm to help you work on finding those healthy ways.

I think that using hot water can be a healthy alternative to self harm but if you are doing it to the point that your skin is red for hours you should probably try and work on minimizing it. Maybe instead of doing hot showers you could try doing cold showers that way you will still get a sensation but you won't be harming yourself.

Lastly, try and work on figuring out what triggers these things. You mentioned getting angry but what makes you angry? If you can work on figuring out what your triggers are you can work on trying to come up with some type of resolution to the trigger.

I really hope that this helped and if you need anything please feel free to PM/VM me.

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