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Lost - September 13th 2018, 08:48 PM

I keep pulling my hair out to cause pain. I don't know how to stop. Any advice?

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Re: Lost - September 14th 2018, 11:50 PM

I'm sorry to hear you're struggling with self-harm. It can be a very scary and confusing place to be in, especially when you feel you can't stop. First of all, I laud you for being able to admit you have a problem, and for wanting to seek help. It takes a lot of strength and self awareness to recognize that your behavior is harmful, so well done. I hope you can find some room in yourself to be proud for doing so.

Is there someone you can talk to, such as a school counselor or a friend? I know you have struggles with your parents so they may not be the best people to talk to, but if you think they'd be receptive I suggest perhaps talking with them. Self harm is serious and can get progressively worse if not addressed. It's important to, if you feel safe, open up to someone. This behavior lives in secrecy and once that secrecy is gone it opens up the possibility of stopping a little more easily. If you do talk to someone, perhaps you can try and have an accountability partner, or someone who can check in with you and see how you're doing on a regular basis. It's hard to do this alone, and having someone there for you might curb the desire to self-harm on its own.

These desires don't come out of nowhere. There's always a root cause to the self-harm. For now, I think your priority should be stopping rather than self-reflection, but when you get to a safe space I suggest following your thoughts and feelings to figure out what's causing the behavior. What events/feelings/thoughts trigger you? How can you stay safe when these situations arise? I suggest journaling to brainstorm; I know many who find it very helpful.

You've got this. You're not alone and, even if it doesn't feel like it, it's possible to stop. Good luck and PM me if you need anything else.

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