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Biting... - July 8th 2018, 07:44 PM

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So as a lot of you know I haven't cut myself in over a year and am so happy about that. I still bite myself but the thing is I wasn't doing it all that much.

My biting usually is impulse where I don't realize what I'm doing until I am about to bite or am biting. Lately I have basically been biting myself 1-3 times a day. I am getting so frustrated and I guess my brain feels like the only way for me to calm down is to bite myself. Probably once a day or every other day I know I am doing it, because sometimes I have to move my pride bracelet to get to the spot I bite. I never break skin I just bruise the spot. Sometimes I do it a lot harder then other times.

I also sometimes take my nails and scratch down my arm or pinch my sides, so I can feel pain and ground myself. I do not leave any marks when I do this, but I know it is still bad.I do not count this towards the year I have been cut free.

How am I supposed to stop doing this if it is probably 90% impulse on the biting? Do I just try to stop when I know I am doing it? Also do you have any suggestions on how to stop pinching and scratching myself? I do wear rubber bands on both wrist but haven't been using them. Do you know a way to remind myself to use them?(I am really careful using them, I use to use them to the point of it breaking the skin and bruising, even giving me welts, I don't do it to that point anymore.)



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Re: Biting... - July 16th 2018, 11:16 PM

Hi Frankie,

I am so sorry that you are having a hard time with this and I hope you will be okay soon. When you are getting the feeling to bite or scratch yourself can you try doing something right away to get you're mind off of this. Going for a walk and you can listen to music if you want to, to help take you're mind off of this. Also putting on a funny movie or TV show or reading or drawing or calling a friend to also help you out. You said about wearing a rubber band, if you want to put a rubber band or a hair tie around you're wrist and when you get to feeling you can snap it, that can work for some people. I hope that you will be okay soon. Hugs.


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Re: Biting... - July 18th 2018, 02:45 AM

Hey Frankie, I am so sorry it has taken so long to get replies. Have you thought about writing down notes and sticking it to places you frequently look, such as the mirror or computer screen? I'm glad you have a rubber band, but it doesn't seem to really work for you at the moment. I really have no alternate suggestion other than the sticky notes, but maybe trying to distract yourself whenever you feel that urge to bite. Say, you want to bite your wrist, but you grab an apple instead. Focus on the biting and chewing you're doing there, and maybe it will get your mind off that sensation on your wrist.

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