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Self Harm If you or someone you know is struggling with self harm and needs advice or alternatives, we're here to help.

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Question(s)..... - January 20th 2009, 09:14 PM

Does self-harm/cutting usually get worse? Or is it possible for a person to maintain a level of it that leaves minimal scars and can control when they do it?

And also, could you get Lock-jaw from it? Tetis from a rusty razor? hmm..
   
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Re: Question(s)..... - January 20th 2009, 09:47 PM

I'm not a master when it comes to anything on self harm but I will attempt to help here.

From everyone that I've encountered, self harm always seems to start off minimal and it always escalated to an addiction. If you haven't started, don't. And if you have, quit now. Find another way to vent your pain such as reading or writing or drawing.

And you ALWAYS want to use something clean. If you are already going to self harm, why risk infection?


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Re: Question(s)..... - January 20th 2009, 09:59 PM

It's pretty similar to any other behavior. Some people can control it, but more often than that people become addicted and have to cut more often, with more and deeper cuts. There's really no telling which group you'll end up in, but maintaining control of a stress-relieving and pleasure-seeking behavior that's ultimately a transfer of pain rather than a solution of pain from the source is a very, very difficult thing to do. If you're suffering enough that you feel the desire to cut, do you really think you're strong enough to control something like that? If you were, you'd be able to go without doing it at all.


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Re: Question(s)..... - January 21st 2009, 05:14 PM

Hey Julie.
I think it depends on the person whether the self harm gets worse. If a person gets help sooner rather than later they normally have a better chance of their self harm not getting worse. It really does depend like about how complex the situation is and the reasons behind why the person is self harming. To start with you feel like you do have control of self harm and about how much damage you choose to do, but I think then it begins to control you because you feel like you have to do it because it becomes more addictive. Always use a clean razor because you don't want to risk getting an infection. I hope you are ok and if you ever need to talk I am here :-)
   
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Re: Question(s)..... - January 21st 2009, 09:10 PM

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Does self-harm/cutting usually get worse? Or is it possible for a person to maintain a level of it that leaves minimal scars and can control when they do it?

And also, could you get Lock-jaw from it? Tetis from a rusty razor? hmm..
In most cases I know of, I would say that SH does get worse. I know a few people who cut once or twice, then immediately sought help before they were addicted and they escaped basically unscathed.

Most of my friends (mainly internet) who SH have horrible scars up and down their bodies. I've been SHing for 5 years. In the beginning it was very little, then it got up to once a day, now it is only every so often. The last time I counted, I counted 100 visible scars and then I got tired of counting. There are plenty more though and I've added quite a few since then. I really don't think that there is much control over this. It becomes an addiction. It consumes you. It takes over your life. You may say you cut to feel control, but eventually it controls you. You can't control how much you are cutting, how deep you are cutting, etc. You lose that control. When you lose the control is when it really gets bad.

I don't know anything about getting lock jaw from cutting, but I know you can get Tetnus. I personally think anyone who cuts should have an updated Tetnus shot (that being said, I don't have one) as a layer of protection.


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Re: Question(s)..... - January 22nd 2009, 08:29 PM

Well, cutting is no different a drug or gambling addiction. Like, I have been cutting for 4 years but on and off, but when its on....I can end up cutting like three times a day.

Believe me, its better to seek help in the beginning.


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Re: Question(s)..... - January 22nd 2009, 10:30 PM

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Does self-harm/cutting usually get worse? Or is it possible for a person to maintain a level of it that leaves minimal scars and can control when they do it?

And also, could you get Lock-jaw from it? Tetis from a rusty razor? hmm..
Hey-

These are such good questions, and I'm glad you've come here to ask them.

Self-harm, which does include cutting, can get worse as other have said. It is possible to maintain a certain level, but this very rarely happens. It's rather like a drug in the way it works, as others have mentioned. You do it once, and you want more, and more. It releases endorphins, and for some people creates an adrenaline rush, which does feel good. But the good feeling goes away when you realize you're going to be wearing long sleeves all summer. Or that you're addicted to hurting yourself.

I'm honestly not sure about what all you can get from cutting, but if you or a friend are self-harming, make sure it's done safely if they're not ready to quit yet. For example, using a clean and sterile blade, dressing it properly and so forth. If you don't cut extremely safely, you could need stitches, could get an infection and so many more things!

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.
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