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Unhappy Don't Want to Stop. - May 21st 2011, 02:41 AM

It's this weird thing where... I can but just won't stop! I know I'm capable but it's like an addiction. I started with burning, it went to cutting, and now bruising as well. I don't understand myself though. I've stopped sh for about 2 months and then I fall back into what I consider a relapse where I cut like crazy for a week and then still hurt myself almost everyday but less. My self harm started because of this guy who basically broke my heart but I've never been able to really stop. I think I need help but.. how to get it is a whole other subject. I really need someone to talk to.
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Re: Don't Want to Stop. - May 21st 2011, 02:58 AM

Hey, i know what you are going through as a recovering self harmer. It is an addiction and it is difficult to deal with. Ive had moments where I knew I needed to stop harming myself but i truly did not want to stop. I got through it by reasoning with myself, distracting myself, and perspective. Sometimes it helps to think about the long run.
Sometimes when I need to think through something or make a decision I ask myself what would the 50 year old version of me tell me to do?
I don't know if that helps or not. Im trying not to ramble on too much.
Bottom line is self harm is an addiction and its not healthy. I am more than happy to talk to you and give you any support or guidance you want.

try to stay strong.


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Re: Don't Want to Stop. - May 21st 2011, 12:51 PM

Hey Kendall,
Cutting is extremely addictive and sometimes knowing you have the ability to stop isn't enough to make you ready to put that ability to use. You need to get to a place where you're ready to let go of it. There are alot of things that can help you get to that place. Being open with people who love you is a good place to start. Trying to use alternatives is great. Finding a creative or athletic outlet for your emotions can be amazingly helpful. Seeing a therapist is a good option as well. Basically right now you've gotta strive to find your stability in something other than cutting. You have to be able to face yourself, your life, past, present, future, your emotions, your successes, and flaws using the strength you have inside of you and the support of the people who care about you. Sweetheart, you've gotta understand that the blade is never ever your only option. best of luck with everything and PM me anytime you need someone to talk to <3

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Re: Don't Want to Stop. - May 21st 2011, 07:11 PM

Hi Hun

It's very addictive but it's good to want to stop. Think about the fact that you really don't want to have to depend on pain for the rest of your life. When you're upset think about why you are and try to deal with it. Count backwards from ten breathe and remember that you really don't want to do that to yourself. <3
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Re: Don't Want to Stop. - May 21st 2011, 10:55 PM

Part of the reason you went back to it, in my opinion, is because you don't want to stop. The only way to truly stop self harming, for good, is to WANT to stop and to want to stop for yourself. Stopping is more than just not doing it, you need healthier coping methods to take the place of the not so great ones you currently have. I think you should try and get professional help so you can learn better methods, and to help deal with whatever is making you harm yourself.

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Re: Don't Want to Stop. - May 23rd 2011, 07:04 PM

i totally know what ur going thru ...
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