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First time... - May 14th 2015, 02:03 AM

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So, today was my first experience with real self harm (I've made my skin kind of raw from rubbing my hands together when frustrated but not to cause pain and never drew blood) but I just went to hell on my arm. I probably ran over the same spot 10 times and it bled for 3 hours but DAMN did it feel good. I just sat there watching the blood drip down my arm.... but I digress. I'm very scared because I am worried this is something I could easily get addicted to very fast... I've been doing the coping mechanisms forever but they're working less and less as my mental state deteriorates... any suggestions?
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Re: First time... - May 14th 2015, 02:07 AM

You are right that this is something that you can get addicted to very fast. It's like a substance addiction, eventually you'll need more and more to get the same "high" and good feeling.

You said you've been doing the coping mechanisms forever. Which ones have you tried? Have you tried every one on this list? It may be worth mixing up what you are doing and changing things up a bit to see if you can find something that works better for you.

I know that for me one thing that helps is being with other people either in person or on the phone because it's harder to self harm around others. They'll notice if I'm gone for too long or they might see, so it's easier to avoid.

Maybe you can leave the area where your self harm tools are, such as by taking a walk or going to a different room. Taking a walk can also help you clear your head.

Try to find ways to distract yourself as well, such as by cleaning the house or doing volunteering. It can help put things off.

I know you can do this!

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Re: First time... - May 14th 2015, 02:26 AM


I strongly recommend trying to stop before it becomes addictive. I don't want you to learn things the hard way. Self-harm can become really addictive, really fast, so it's good to quit before that happens. I recommend taking a look at the list of alternatives Dez posted, it's gotten me through a lot, hopefully it will for you too.

Is there anything that might've triggered you into hurting yourself? If not, that's okay. I'm here if you need somebody to talk to!

"Remember your loved and you always will be. This melody will bring you right back home." - Linkin park, The messenger. Stay strong everyone!! You are always strong enough to get through whatever life throws your way, no matter how hard it may seem.
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