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View Poll Results: Have you ever gone from self-harm to habit?
Yes, and I can clearly differentiate between the two. 4 17.39%
Yes, but the line is blurred and/or I relapsed. 14 60.87%
No, I did not develop a habit after ceasing to self-harm. 5 21.74%
Other [please respond below]. 0 0%
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From Self-Harm to Habit? - January 25th 2011, 02:29 AM

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From approx. ages 12-14, I self-harmed. It wasn't a typical form of self-harm, though. Without getting too graphic, I would scratch/pick at my arms until they bled. I would then scratch/pick the scabs off and keep going. I did this as a way of coping with my social anxiety at the time, so I suppose you could say I inflicted physical pain in order to override the emotional pain.

It's been several years since I stopped, but now I pick at my face on a regular basis (and sometimes scratch my arms). I do it when I'm stressed out, but I don't believe I do it in order to cope with that stress. So my question to everyone is this: have you ever gone from self-harm to habit? And if so, how/when did you differentiate between the two? Because looking at my particular situation, I think there's a fine line between self-harm and habit.

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Re: From Self-Harm to Habit? - January 25th 2011, 02:35 AM

No, my self-harm didn't turn into a habit.
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Re: From Self-Harm to Habit? - January 25th 2011, 03:34 AM

I kinda did the reverse--from habit to self harm. I have trichotillamania, so I always pick at myself, sometimes till I drew blood. But i wouldn't classify it as self harm. I didn't start hurting myself just for the sake of pain until a little while ago.
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Re: From Self-Harm to Habit? - January 25th 2011, 11:09 AM

Yes. I used to self-harm by scratching myself also. I have cut myself with a razor before but that was just once. I used to do it out of boredom :/

I hardly ever do it anymore. I thank my anti-depressants.

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Re: From Self-Harm to Habit? - January 25th 2011, 02:57 PM

I started with cutting and biting the skin around my nails until it bled. It was more or less to deal with stress and anxiety. But now, although I have slip ups, I can't stop biting my nails/the skin around it. It became a habit where most times I don't realize I'm doing it until someone brings it up or I feel pain.

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Re: From Self-Harm to Habit? - January 26th 2011, 02:00 AM

For a while it became a habit when I felt that I "should" do it. However, I've relapsed on and off over the last couple of years, so it's gone from one to the other to nothing and then back again.

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Re: From Self-Harm to Habit? - February 4th 2011, 10:53 PM

i think my sh went into a habit i cant stop its just i need to now it like trying to quit smoking but for me its cutting and pinching my arms when im stressed or having an anxety attack

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