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Should I Even Bother Trying to Quit? - September 30th 2011, 10:55 PM

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I've been burning for about four years now. Usually it's only once or twice a week (sometimes more if my life starts spiraling/I start feeling out-of-control, but sometimes way less if things are going well). It's never really escalated, and I've always felt fairly 'in control' of the habit. It's just a release, a way for me to purge emotions that I don't want to deal with, a way to calm myself down and keep myself from getting too hysterical.

I'm a bit ashamed to even call it 'self-harming', because for me...IDK, it just started because it was more effective than scratching my skin raw or biting my lips really hard, and that's stuff I've been doing for as long as I can remember. And I've always figured that I could stop if I wanted to/needed to. I've never done myself serious damage; usually it's only surface-level burns, fairly small, and they heal within a week or so.

OTOH, everything I've ever read says that SHing is an incredibly unhealthy way to deal with emotions. And I'm kind of an emotional train wreck at times; that's why I burn, to keep in control of myself.

So. If I do try to stop, will that help me or hurt me in the long run? Have any of you guys ever been in a situation like this, where the habit just didn't seem like a big deal? I honestly don't know if I have a problem or not :/
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Re: Should I Even Bother Trying to Quit? - September 30th 2011, 11:31 PM

go to the alternatives to self harm page, please try to quit. i know how hard it its, but please be strong.

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Re: Should I Even Bother Trying to Quit? - October 1st 2011, 07:31 PM

Hey, YES YOU SHOULD QUIT! I know that its super hard but honestly its the best option. If you quit now it will prevent you from getting worse. Find another coping strategy, like writing, or painting, or reading, or drawing. music is so therapeutic. Just please quit. PM me or I'll PM you to help you. I want you to quit. I don't like to see my friends in pain

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