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Things are progressing badly. - May 6th 2015, 02:31 AM

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All I can say is that it's getting harder and harder to cope. No matter what I do, I can't stop thinking about cutting myself. It's so bad lately that I can't leave the house without my elastic band and blade. However if I Forget them, I will find a way to harm myself.


I need help. I might not want it, but I need help.


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Re: Things are progressing badly. - May 6th 2015, 04:02 AM

Well, that's an awesome step to begin with, the fact that you acknowledge you need some help for this. It takes a lot of courage to get some help for self-harming dramas and I commend you for stepping up and coming to us and talking about it. Have you seen this thread? It's been shared like a gazillion times, but it basically talks about the alternatives to self-harm and lists some things you can do to distract yourself, or replace the habits of self-harm with something else. Have a good read of this and try as many of them as possible.


I also recommend you take stock of some of the achievements that you have ticked off in your journey to beat self-harm. Every single day you step away from the knives, it is doing you good. Make a record of how many days you go without self-harm between incidents and map them, graph them. With the implementation of regular sessions with a therapist or whatever treatment programs you have in place, the goal is to see those lengths between incidents rise, so you stay away from self-harm for longer and longer and longer, to the point where you don't really need the habits.

Graphing them like that allows you to see how well you have progressed and sometimes, even if it looks like things haven't progressed well, you have done better than you give yourself credit for.

I recommend you implement some regular sessions with your councellor if you haven't considered it already, and see your GP about a plan to attack all the different directions of the urge to self-harm. You should also call a hotline whenever you get an urge to self-harm as well. Crisis centres are designed for people who feel that they need to self-harm and struggle to see any other alternatives, or will try and find whatever method that works, so long as they do injure themselves.

Ask your school counsellor for some recommendations of crisis centres for your specific city, or you can have a look at this page:

www.teenhelp.org/hotlines. I hope this issue passes you and I hope you realise how well you are doing every minute you are avoiding self-harm .

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Re: Things are progressing badly. - May 7th 2015, 04:13 AM

Hey there,

I agree that it's a good thing you are acknowledging that you need help. I think that is the first step to really working on reaching out. Now that you know you need help do you know how you could get it? Do you think you could talk to your parents about the fact that you self harm and are struggling a lot with it? I think talking to your parents would be the best thing because they could help you work on getting into counseling and, possibly, a psychiatrist if it is deemed necessary.

If you do decide to talk to your parents you could always print up information about self harm so that your parents could understand it a bit better. They might be upset that you are harming yourself but the shock will fade and hopefully they will help you get the help you deserve.

If you feel like you would need a little help opening up to your parents you could talk to the school psychologist and get their help in disclosing this to your parents.

You deserve to have people to talk to so it might also help if you open up to some of your friends about what is going on. I know I've talked to one of my friends about my self harm and it was beneficial to have his support.

I am wishing you the best of luck and if you need anything feel free to message me.

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