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Arrow creative cutting - August 23rd 2009, 09:32 PM

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okay, so when i get really upset, or angry, and i want an escape, i cut myself. on my arms and wrists, my navel, upper thighs. i do it where i can easily hide them if i want to. sometimes i wish people (especially my parents) would notice and give me some attention. but then i get even angrier at myself because i want attention for it...so i cut again. and lately it's been really bad. and i have done it a lot. and it lots of places (restaurants, the pool, home, school). i've used the typical razor but whenever i need a release, razors aren't around. and i've used everything from knives to thumbtacks to paperclips to paper to my own nails.

i need some help. what should i do to make the want for cutting go away?
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Re: creative cutting - August 23rd 2009, 10:51 PM

Hey there.

I highly suggest you check out the stickied alternatives thread. There's LOTS of ways to resist cutting in there and you could probably find at least 3 things in that thread that work for you

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Re: creative cutting - August 24th 2009, 01:30 AM

i agree with jennifer.
in the alternatives, there are sooo many good ideas to get your mind off of it.
they've really helped a lot of people.
and there is such a variety that there will more then likely be a couple that will work great for you!
but to get better and stop cutting,
you have to want to stop.
you have to work for it, and ignore the temptations.

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Re: creative cutting - August 24th 2009, 03:05 AM

Hey Abby,
I strongly agree with the people above me. ^_^ Try the alternatives sticky. The ones that work for me are:
-write on myself in red pen
-go for a walk or bike ride
-write in a journal
-come here on TH and help out others
-sketch about what is going on inside my head

Whatever it is, chances are I've been there.
If I can make it out, you can too.
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Re: creative cutting - August 24th 2009, 02:44 PM

Hi there Abby,

I'm sorry that you're feeling as though you have to use self-harm for 'escape'. It seems as though you are really struggling right now.

Self harming is a very addictive behaviour Abby but the most promising thing is that you are the one that is in control of this and you can resist the urges that you face - it is hard, but you can resist them Abby.

It sounds as though you're in a vicious circle here Abby, where you are hurting and wanting attention and because of that you are hurting yourself even more. It is okay to want people to notice that you are hurting, that is okay and it is natural. It is okay that you want help and support and you do deserve that help and support. You do not need to hurt yourself to get people to notice though, Abby. Perhaps now would be a good time to talk to someone about how you have been feeling, it is a much wiser and safer option than self-harm, Abby. You could tell whoever you want, whether it is a friend, parent or a professional - you deserve help and support. Please try and talk to someone if you can Abby, it is very worthwhile.

I think that trying out some of the alternatives is a very good idea, Abby, as others have already mentioned. Do you have any hobbies? They could help you to distract yourself. The alternatives sticky is [here].

Take care, you can get through this.
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Re: creative cutting - August 27th 2009, 12:14 AM

I'm happy that you've at least realized that this is a problem, and that you're seeking out help so that you can start to recover. I was in denial about my SI for a while.

The urge takes a long time to go away, but the good news is that it DOES lessen. I went over six months without self-injuring before one stupid thing caused me to slip up, but I'm back on track. There are tons of alternatives to cutting out there. I journal and talk to my best friends when I'm really upset. By telling someone else I want to cut, it shows me that since I'm telling someone about my pain, deep down I don't truly WANT to cut - that it's just an urge that will pass. To keep myself from going back, I count the number of days I've been self-injury free. I tell myself that I'll beat the past "longest time I've been without cutting". At my x-month marks or my major milestones (50, 100, 150, 200, etc. days) I celebrate somehow, even if it's just writing those numbers down bigger or in more places.

It takes time and effort to recover, but it is possible. And the feelings of true recovery? They're so much better than the negativity associated with self-injury.

Hang in there, and PM if you ever need to talk. <3

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