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Question SH'ing stupid? - May 28th 2015, 02:30 AM

I asked my family if Self Harming was stupid if the person did it out of boredom, I told them my friend asked me and I couldn't respond...

I don't want to come out and tell my family I SH out of boredom and then they think I'm stupid or suicidal, etc..

I need to know if I'm stupid because I cut because I get bored, but I can't stop...
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Re: SH'ing stupid? - May 28th 2015, 02:38 AM

I don't think that this is stupid at all. People self harm for a variety of reasons and to cope with a variety of emotions. The thing with self harm is that regardless of why you start doing it, it can become an addiction. That is why it may be difficult for you to stop right now.

This is a list of alternatives to self harm. These are healthier, safer things you can do. Maybe you can try and replacing self harm with some of these.

It also might help to find things to do to keep yourself busy. Maybe you can volunteer, join a club or social group, or pick up a hobby for example. Or you can do things like take a walk.

If you do ever decide to tell your parents, maybe you can print out pamphlets about it that explain exactly what it is and how it is not a suicide attempt. Do you think that would help?


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Re: SH'ing stupid? - May 28th 2015, 02:41 AM

Hwy there,
I don't think a person who SHs is ever stupid. Maybe the act of SH is stupid but then again I'd be careful to use that word. People who self harm are struggling whether it is out of boredom or for another reason. I don't think it is fair to judge the validity of the reason because if someone is self harming that automatically makes it serious and valid. Knowing the reason is just to figure out a way to solve problems and work things through but it doesn't determine if the person is stupid or not for engaging in self harm

I hope this helps some and also these thoughts you're having about being judged may be deceiving because opening up can be really helpful and you might find that your parents do not judge. How did they respond when you asked them the hypothetical question? It may come more of an intense reaction if they find out their own child is doing it but by mentioning an example, you have an idea of how to tell them the truth in the future.
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Re: SH'ing stupid? - May 28th 2015, 09:02 PM

Hi there,

I don't think it's stupid in any way at all. Like said we all self harm for different reasons to deal with different emotions. It may seem like the majority of people self harm when they are low or sad but some people do self harm due to being bored and you're one of them and that's not stupid at all. It's okay that you self harm for this reason but self harming isn't going to help in the long run!

I would defiantly encourage you to try and get involved in things. Do a college course, look for work, do some volunteer work, join a group you have hobbies in like art or photography or even join kind of support group which can be beneficial for you in many ways. It just sounds to me like you need to keep busy and active to prevent the bordem which leads to you self harming if that makes sense?

I hope you are doing okay. Remember that you are worth more than self harm. I know its difficult to get through but you can do this and beat it, okay? And you are never alone so don't suffer in silence. We're always here for you.
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Re: SH'ing stupid? - May 28th 2015, 10:46 PM

Hey there,

It is not stupid to cut out of boredom. When I was actively self harming I would cut for all kinds of reasons and boredom was one of those reasons. I think that the key to avoiding this is to try and find things to keep you busy. Sometimes I would have random conversations with people or study really hard for class. I think you need to work on finding things you can do to try and avoid getting to bored. Boredom is always going to be a part of your life but if you have some activities you could try to do to overcome the boredom it might help.

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