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okay im happy as ever but im still cutting ??


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Re: okay i dont get it! - August 7th 2009, 12:59 AM

Hi Crystal,
I felt the same way! I was happy but yet I still had the urge to cut. You really just must focus on other things. Cutting can be an addiction and can be a very difficult habit to break. Instead of self injury, try to write in journal, go for a jog, watch a favorite movie, or listen to some calming music. Do you still hold onto your tools to self injury? While you are having a moment of strength, it might be a good idea to try and throw them away. Having someone for support around might be helpful. Also, next time you feel like self harming, stop and try to figure why you are doing this? While there is no real excuse for cutting, try and pin-point why you are doing. Then you can help work and solve the problem.
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Re: okay i dont get it! - August 7th 2009, 05:57 AM

Hey there,

Cutting is an addiction and even when people feel happy they sometimes still get the urge to cut; but you can overcome this. The alternatives are a great tool to use and I suggest trying those to deal with the urges that you get. The alternatives can take time to get used to but in the end they really do work.

If you have someone to talk to I really suggest that you try and use them as a resource as well. Talking can be a great way to overcome the urges because when you talk about the things that are bothering you you are dealing with your emotions instead of bottling them up; sometimes talking allows us to realize that something is bothering us even though we thought we were doing okay. Do you think you could give talking a try?

I hope this helped and if you ever need someone to talk to please feel free to pm me.

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Re: okay i dont get it! - August 7th 2009, 06:07 AM

Hey Crystal-

Yes! This is normal! Not to worry.

It's hard to quit cutting, and usually you don't start when you're perfectly happy. Therefore, you're addicted, so you keep doing it. You get an endorphin rush which really is enjoyable for some people. It's just as a drug addict will keep doing drugs even when they're happy. They just like that feeling.

What are your triggers? Do you have a certain time of day you self harm? Do you try to not self harm? Alternatives and Distractions are the best way to go in my opinion. There's a thread full of them that's a sticky at the top of this (The self harm) forum. Hopefully that's helpful to you!

What do you think about your self harming? For example, do you think it's okay? It's really up to you if you stop or not. But I hope you do try to stop because you're physically hurting your body which is never a good thing.

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Re: okay i dont get it! - August 7th 2009, 05:29 PM

It's because it's an addiction and your body feels like you need to it do it just like an alcoholic is convinced they need aclohol.
Try and think of the things that are making you so happy when you go to do it and this should stop you.


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