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jduck February 24th 2011 04:47 AM

I was talking to one of my friends the other day who SHs and she was telling me how it has become almost like an addiction for her. That sometimes even the smallest of things can set her off and make her SH. And that sometimes nothing big even happens but her thoughts get to her and then she SHs.

Does this happen to anyone else? Is it normal?

WhoAmI? February 24th 2011 04:55 AM

Re: addiction.
Well, SH isn't exactly a "normal" coping mechanism, but then again neither is smoking and drinking, etc.

But, yes, it has and does happen to me quite a lot.

Talk to your friend about getting some help, don't force her though because that will make it a lot worse. If your friend doesn't wish to stop right now, then there is nothing you can do to stop her - it's her body, her choice to be bluntly honest.

However, if she is suicidal/having suicidal thoughts you should tell someone immediately, preferably her parents or 911.

Remember that SH and suicide are two entirely different issues.

lola jonson February 24th 2011 01:53 PM

Re: addiction.
It happens to me also. Sometimes nothing can set me off and I will just self harm for no reason.
It might be a good idea to try to get you friend to get some help.

inactiveprofile February 24th 2011 01:58 PM

Re: addiction.
haii jen ...
yes it is normal for things like that happen to most people who start SHing ... its adictive and its normal... but ... you should try to get her to stop

Boxy February 25th 2011 12:41 AM

Re: addiction.
Yes, I would definitely say it's normal. When something destructive becomes a habit, it soon becomes an addiction.

I've experienced this SH addiction many times. It's meant to be a 'quick fix' for any problem. But ends up backfiring.

When you get accustomed to using the 'easy way out,' which essentially, is what SH is (not dealing with the problem at hand). Then it's easier and easier to take the easy way out for smaller and smaller things. Eventually you won't even need a reason at all, you'll SH just for the purpose of SH. Addiction is addicting.

I hope that answered your question. But like others said, you might want to consider talking to your friend and try to convince her to get help.

Take care,
<3 Boxy

jduck February 25th 2011 08:48 PM

Re: addiction.
thank you guys! I'll try to talk to her!

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