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i don't see it as "cutting". - August 24th 2009, 12:28 AM

when i'm just bored or something,
i will take a needle or saftey pin and pull it through my skin,
and out the other side.
it starts bleeding, but it doesn't hurt me.
it just pulls off the layers of skin.
i don't see it as cutting, but others do.
it's just an activity i do when i'm bored.

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Re: i don't see it as "cutting". - August 24th 2009, 04:34 AM

Hey Kayla,

even if it's not exactly "cutting," it is still a form of self-harm. Self-harm is an addiction, and its urges can be expressed when we're under a lot of stress or when we're upset, but they can also come out when we're not feeling anything else in particular, like when we're bored. Self-harm can be an outlet, an unhealthy one, for things like emotional pain, but it can also become an "outlet" for other stuff, too, and it's just as important that we find alternatives for those instances, too. Maybe try pulling out a pen, instead, and drawing on yourself? I've done that when I've felt like self-harming just because I needed something to do. Drawing spirals on a piece of paper in pencil or squeezing a stress ball or bouncing a ball up and down or painting your nails are also things you could do.

Hang in there, Kayla, and take good care of yourself

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Re: i don't see it as "cutting". - August 24th 2009, 01:18 PM

Hey there Kayla,

I can understand why you don't see this as 'cutting' but this is a form of self harm - you don't have to particularly cut yourself in order to self harm. Self-harm is anything that you do (including scratching, burning, cutting) that causes harm to yourself. By inserting sharp objects into your skin and making yourself bleed you are harming yourself, Kayla.

It is good that you have recognised what you are doing to yourself Kayla and that you are here and talking about it, that is something to be proud of yourself for doing. It is very good that you have identified your self-harm as an activity you do when you're bored - do you think that is the sole reason why you self harm? If you can try and figure out why you self harm then you can try and find other things or coping mechanisms to use instead which are a lot safer.

Do you have any hobbies or interests that you could indulge in instead of hurting yourself? I think that now would be a good idea to try and find something that you enjoy doing (or that you already enjoy) and to try and do those things when you get bored instead of hurting yourself. You could try things such as coming online, playing a game, reading a book, listening to music, going for a walk, writing amongst other things. Hopefully these ideas could distract you from hurting yourself.

Take care.
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