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Exclamation Too Far, Too fast. Semi urgent. - October 7th 2017, 09:05 PM

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About 3 weeks ago I cut myself for the first time on the left arm, up until last week I had contained it to there as it is easier to conceal as I am right handed; then I made my first few cuts on it and left it for a few days. My left arm (Not Wrist) is practically out of space to cut and my right is not far behind. Thus far I haven't needed or wanted to cut my wrists, but as i run out of space i'm afraid that I might start going further down until I reach my wrist. This is not something I want as I imagine it bleeds a lot more and is more noticeable. Aside from "Stop cutting." any advise would be appreciated. Thanks.
   
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Re: Too Far, Too fast. Semi urgent. - October 7th 2017, 09:21 PM

OK, this is coming from someone who never has cut themselves before so take this with a grain of salt. Since you said no answers of "Stop Cutting" here is my suggestion to you. You stated above you really don't want to go to the wrists because you know it is going to bleed more and be more noticeable. That right there is a huge indicator to me that you need to find another location to cut if you really still feel the need to do so other then you arms. Being someone who has never cut before like I said I can't really give you an answer to spots that will have less bleeding because I really don't know. I hope this helps a little, but it probably don't. Good Luck.
   
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Re: Too Far, Too fast. Semi urgent. - October 7th 2017, 09:57 PM

Hello and welcome to teenhelp, I'm so glad that you have joined and said what is going on with you you did a great job saying it.

I'm really sorry that you're having a really hard time with this I know it's really hard just to stop because when you've been doing this for a while you can't just say that's it I'm done , I'm going to stop that's it and you're done forever and I'm sorry I wish it really work like that. Can you try talking to you're school counselor at school or do you have a really good teacher that you were close with and let them know that you are going through a hard time right now and you need some help and guidance with? If you talk with someone they can help you more. Please don't be afraid to ask someone.

Also when you feel that you're going to self harm can you get a rubber band and put it around you're wrist and snap it every time you feel the urge to do this and it will take you're mind off of it. Also you can go for a walk and put on music and put on a funny TV show or funny movie and doing this it will help you because you were thinking about that you were watching and not self-harming. Also do you have a close friend that you can talk to about this and maybe they can help you.

I really hope that you will be okay and that someone will be able to help you with this and again I'm really glad that you came and joined teenhelp. You are always welcome to post more whenever you want to.
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Re: Too Far, Too fast. Semi urgent. - October 7th 2017, 10:32 PM

Hey,

Please know that TeenHelp encourages healthy, recovery based actions; we will not give advice on how to harm yourself. If you're not ready to stop harming yourself, however, that's okay. People often become ready to stop self-harming in their own time. You can work on that when you feel ready.

In the meantime, maybe you can find an alternative such as those listed above. You could try to use those as a positive exercise instead of going right to self-harm when you feel triggered.

Keep hanging in there.


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