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Mentally self harming myself? - February 2nd 2009, 09:12 PM

-Well with all the sh*t going on. Someone sent me a text to stop Self harming myself mentally. To stop with my 'mixed' emotions before I end up in a hospital. Is it possible to mentally self-harm? I'm starting to get tired of all these different text, IMs, and emails.
   
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Re: Mentally self harming myself? - February 2nd 2009, 09:23 PM

"Self-injury, self-inflicted violence, self-injurious behavior or self-mutilation is defined as a deliberate, intentional injury to one’s own body that causes tissue damage or leaves marks for more than a few minutes which is done to cope with an overwhelming or distressing situation"

That is basically the most common sort of definition out there for Self-harm.

So in my mind, self harm is purely physical. Not that you couldn't hurt yourself through your mind and so forth, just that I personally would not consider it self-harm.

You also have to realize, mixed-emotions are usually not your fault. Usually emotions aren't your fault at all, they're what happen, sometimes you can control them, sometimes you can't.



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Re: Mentally self harming myself? - February 2nd 2009, 09:26 PM

i don't think its possible to mentally self harm, personally.. although no doubt it is a mental health issue, but i would class self harm as physically harming yourself.


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Re: Mentally self harming myself? - February 3rd 2009, 04:15 PM

I would class self harm as physical. But that does not mean that having bad thoughts and mentally putting yourself down is any less dangerous.




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Re: Mentally self harming myself? - February 3rd 2009, 04:49 PM

I guess it could only be physical since your emotion are mental right? But if you keep replaying bad memories over in your head, you are causing yourself more emotional pain


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Re: Mentally self harming myself? - February 3rd 2009, 04:50 PM

I've always known self-harm to be a deliberate attempt to hurt oneself, and therefore wouldn't class it as self-harm if you're not aware of it.
   
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