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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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Is this self harm - April 12th 2014, 09:30 PM

I punch myself when i get angry or disappointed with myself, but never to the point where i have bruises, is this still self harm?
   
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Re: Is this self harm - April 12th 2014, 10:59 PM

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In answer to your question, anything that is done with the intent to hurt yourself is self-harm. So, yes, I believe that what you're engaging in is self-harm. This page has some more information about that. Also, when you're feeling disappointed in yourself, check out the alternatives thread! Reading it is an alternative itself.


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Re: Is this self harm - April 13th 2014, 03:49 AM

In my opinion it is self harm cause your intentionally hurting yourself. hope you are doing good feel free to PM/VM me if you have other questions
   
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Re: Is this self harm - April 13th 2014, 04:08 PM

I think that yes, this would be self harm. Self harm can be described as anything that you do to yourself to inflict pain as a way of coping or handling what is going on around you. Since you are punching yourself, even without leaving bruises, you are using a means of physical pain to cope with what is going on, so it would be self harm.

This is a link to a list of alternatives to self harm, which are healthier, safer ways to cope with what is going on. I'd recommend trying some of these out, they're better.


   
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Re: Is this self harm - April 13th 2014, 10:35 PM

Hey there!

Anything you do to hurt yourself intentionally is self-harm. I'm glad you don't have bruises from it, though. In a way, I think it's good that you've recognized it. It's not too severe right now so I suggest slowly trying to redirect your anger from yourself. When you get angry, punch a pillow or shred paper instead of hurting yourself.
   
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