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cant stop... - October 3rd 2009, 04:21 PM

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so. i started cutting again about 3 or 4 weeks ago.....and then i decided to stop so i stopped for about 3 days....but i'm still cutting now. and i cant stop anymore. it started with just a needle that basically scratched my skin but now i'm using razor blades that draw blood and leave scars. alot of my left arm in scarred now and my right arm is getting there. i just dont know how to stop

I dont even know if i want to stop.....
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Re: cant stop... - October 3rd 2009, 04:28 PM

Hey

First off, I just want to congratulate you. You're here looking for help, which I think says a lot about you, all of it good. Stopping cutting can be a really hard thing, fortunately, there are a ton of other things you can do to make yourself feel better until the urge passes, which it will.

You can find an extensive list here:

A few include:
Go for a run
Write your feelings on paper then rip it up
Watch TV or a movie
Paint your nails
Alphabetize your CDs or books
Cook
Trace your hand on a piece of paper; on your thumb, write something you like to look at; on your index finger, write something you like to touch; on your middle finger, write your favorite scent; on your ring finger, write something you like the taste of; on your pinky finger, write something you like to listen to; on your palm, write something you like about yourself
Plan regular activities for your most difficult time of day
Finish homework before it's due

And my personal favorite:
The Butterfly project- draw a butterfly on the place(s) that you would self harm and if the butterfly fades without self-harming, it means it has lived and flown away, giving a sense of achievement. Whereas if you do self-harm with the butterfly there; you will have to wash it off. If that does happen, you can start again by drawing a new one on. You can name the butterfly after someone you love.
Write the name of a loved one [a friend, family member, or anyone else who cares about you] and write their name where you want to self harm. When you go to self harm remember how much they care and wouldn't want you to harm yourself.

There is also a great list of self-harm resources here: http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f12-s...arm-resources/

These resouces can help you stop, but the best thing you can do is seek help. Tell someone you trust, a parent, teacher, school nurse or counselor. There are many people out there who don't want to see you hurting in any way.

You can stop this and while it may not feel like it, the fact that you are here asking for help definitely says you want to stop. So please, seek help before this habit becomes truly dangerous.
   
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Re: cant stop... - October 3rd 2009, 04:34 PM

well i did tell someone that i trusted and they turned their backs on me and told me that they hope us not being friends makes me want to cut. i constantly fight with my dad and i just dont know how to not cut anymore......it makes me feel so good.
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Re: cant stop... - October 3rd 2009, 05:26 PM

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well i did tell someone that i trusted and they turned their backs on me and told me that they hope us not being friends makes me want to cut. i constantly fight with my dad and i just dont know how to not cut anymore......it makes me feel so good.
It can be really hard when your friends refuse to support you and you can't get along with your, but please don't let them deter you from seeking help. Self-harm is a very dangerous thing, and they really are people out there who want to help. Talk to your school counselor about what all is going on. They can help you figure things out and how to stop hurting yourself.
   
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Re: cant stop... - October 5th 2009, 02:48 PM

i just dont know how to talk to someone about it without them telling my parents. my parents just cant find out....
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