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SoS - January 16th 2011, 09:36 AM

I Don't Cut.
I Bite.

I have come to realize this as a serious problem after biting my arms hard enough to leave multiple bruises after my girlfriend left me. I realized there's something I need to do to stop this, in case it gets worse and causes me critical harm.
But i need something to numb my emotional pain. Because I only bite when my emotional pain gets so high that I feel like my heart may explode. I bite to take the pain away from my heart. To focus on physical rather than emotional.
I've tried singing, screaming into pillows, drawing, ranting to a mirror; nothing stops the pain and I eventually go back to biting.
I'd like to know some methods that may help me end this.


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Re: SoS - January 16th 2011, 10:28 AM

You are right, you do need to stop, keep trying with the alternatives, have you tried things such as writing or reading? Things that are relaxing. I know its hard, but you need to find and alternative that works for you. Feel free to PM me if you want to talk. Take care


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Re: SoS - January 17th 2011, 03:54 AM

Hey,

I'd suggest you start chewing gum regularly. It occupies your mouth with something, and distracts you a little. (Don't chew too much, though, because you might end up like that guy on House who got awful diarrhea from ingesting too much artificial sweetener!) It doesn't even have to be gum; whenever you feel like biting, do something to keep your mouth occupied. Eat a jawbreaker.

I've also heard of creams that you can apply to nails that taste absolutely horrid to prevent you from biting them. I'm almost certain the same concept can be extended to skin as well. Do some Google searching, or I can try to look it up for you if you can't find anything.

Good luck! Keep your head up high. You're stronger than this -- you can beat it.


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Re: SoS - January 17th 2011, 04:00 PM

Hi there,
Like others have said you need to find something to distract yourself from doing this. Fortunately, we have this thread - http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f12-s...ves-self-harm/

Do you actively feel like you want to bite though or do you just find yourself doing it without thinking?

If it's the latter I agree with the chewing gum idea, if you're mouth's already busy then you'd probably be less likely to start biting yourself. If it's the former then definitely check out the link I posted, it's helped a few people I know

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