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Question Is This Better? - February 4th 2011, 11:22 PM

I'm trying to quit cutting (again). Sooo I'm slowly switching from a razorblade to a safety pin. Is this any better, or should I try to switch to something else? I mean, it seems to be a good way to wean myself off of cutting, but technically since I tend to draw blood with both (although significantly less with the pin) is it just as bad? I'm honestly just curious what your opinions are. ^^'
   
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Re: Is This Better? - February 4th 2011, 11:28 PM

I think that a safety pin is better than using a razor especially if it draws less blood. I'll provide a link that may help you too.
Some alternatives to cutting would be placing an ice cube on your skin or snapping a rubber band on your wrist.

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Re: Is This Better? - February 4th 2011, 11:37 PM

In my opinion weaning yourself off cutting is the only good way to stop. Its hard to stop all at once. Yes, I think that using a safety pin is better. This is actually what I've been doing. I used to use a razorblade to cut and now I scratch with a safety pin, still does damage but not as much. I think that its been helping me because I've been self harming less.


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Re: Is This Better? - February 5th 2011, 06:54 PM

When I used to cut, I slashed myself really hard with push pins.

I've actually never cut with razor blades, so I can't give an opinion on whether safety pins are better. I will say that safety pin cuts are much safer.

It's good that you're trying to stop cutting. That's a HUGE step in the right direction. I'm proud of you.

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Re: Is This Better? - February 5th 2011, 07:25 PM

Is it better for the time being? Yes. Is it good for a permanent solution? No. I think it's a good idea to wean yourself off of cutting, so long as you don't have it in your mind that's okay to cut now that you're using a safety pin. It's still not a good thing, and as long as you realize that then I don't see a problem.





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Re: Is This Better? - February 5th 2011, 08:48 PM

Thanks for all the replies, guys. ^^ It means a lot.

And after I get totally to safety pins I'll switch to snapping rubberbands, but from there where do ya think I should go? I'll need an alternative that isn't physical pain eventually.
   
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Re: Is This Better? - February 5th 2011, 08:52 PM

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Thanks for all the replies, guys. ^^ It means a lot.

And after I get totally to safety pins I'll switch to snapping rubberbands, but from there where do ya think I should go? I'll need an alternative that isn't physical pain eventually.
You could always try something like writing about how you're feeling. That's serving as my replacement for self harm, and it works really well for me. Everyone is different, so different things help. You could also try talking to people about how you're feeling, or helping others to get your mind off of things,





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Re: Is This Better? - February 5th 2011, 10:10 PM

Amanda, you took the words right out of my mouth!

Katie, make sure to check out this list of alternatives to self-harm.


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Re: Is This Better? - February 6th 2011, 02:10 PM

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You could always try something like writing about how you're feeling. That's serving as my replacement for self harm, and it works really well for me. Everyone is different, so different things help. You could also try talking to people about how you're feeling, or helping others to get your mind off of things,
Thanks, but writing how I feel tends to trigger me more because I start to focus on the emotions (or lack of, as it tends to be just as frequently). Talking to friends does help, but I don't want to be calling late every night because I want to cut.. I only call them on occassion if I'm feeling seriously suicidal.

Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention before that I just kind of want to say is that in class on Thursday (I'd just cut on Wednesday) we were in class and I took off my coat for a minute because it was getting really hot, and I forgot the cuts were all on my wrists so I started taking pictures (dumb right?) and my friend noticed when I was taking them, so I ended up with a really worried friend and a terrible guilty feeling. I mean, when I realized that the reason she'd said my name with a shocked, sort of confused voice i just kept repeating "You didn't see that.." over and over (more trying to convince myself). It was just an awful feeling that came over me. Has anyone else had this happen, or am I alone on this?
   
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