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Question Does it count? - February 8th 2018, 11:37 PM

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Day 3 of being SH free and I tried to cut, the thing is, is I don't use something sharp, it was blunt so it didn't cut the skin perse, it just marked it. Does it count as self harm, or not? Because I had every intention to hurt myself, and it hurt while I was doing it, but no proper harm was caused, you couldn't even see where I did it half an hour later.
I am very new to recognising my self harm, I used to bite myself and all sorts for relief when I was younger (I still do it), and now I realise it was/is SH, and that really I have never been SH free, and if those count, then I have a feeling I have broken being SH free.
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Re: Does it count? - February 9th 2018, 01:57 AM

I would say that since you said your intent was to harm yourself it does count as self harm. I know the mark didn't last for that long, but the fact of the matter is that you were fully intending on hurting yourself by doing this. It's just like how sometimes people say to snap a rubber band when you have urges, if it goes to a point where it is actually hurting you, it would be self harm.

The important thing is to recognize your triggers and find ways to solve them. For example, you may be able to get advice on someone on how to solve a specific problem, or you may be able to develop better coping mechanisms. I know you may not want to talk to someone about this, but also remember that you don't deserve to go through this alone and people can help you solve what's going on as well as develop coping mechanisms. It is also important to remember that self harm can escalate, so what may start barely leaving a mark can grow bigger.

This is a list of alternatives and coping mechanisms that work for a variety of situations, so maybe you can find one there that works for you?

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