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How to know when too deep? - January 22nd 2012, 08:15 PM

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I self-harm. And I don't want to stop. It just... I don't know, I like it. My parents wonder why I do it. It's an addiction and I don't think it's all that bad. How do you know when you've cut too deep or wide?
   
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Re: How to know when too deep? - January 22nd 2012, 09:53 PM

Firstly I have to say that in the long run self harm does more harm than good, hence why it is in the name.

To answer your question, generally if it is still bleeding 5-10 minutes after you have applied pressure and/or if it is going through a lot of layers of bandage/tissue then you need to seek medical help.

If you are ever unsure it is best to go to A&E.

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Re: How to know when too deep? - January 22nd 2012, 09:57 PM

Hey there Olivia
I'm so sorry that you feel the need to hurt yourself. You deserve to feel so much better than that.
When you cut too deep, you often bleed a lot. Unless it's on a more fatty area of the body. Your wounds will 'gape' open and will probably need stitches or medical attention. They will also make terrible scars.

Cutting is never the answers to your problems. If anything it will only make things worse. It might take the pain away for a little while, but it will only come back again.
If you ever feel like you want to talk, you're more thn welcome to message me.


   
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Re: How to know when too deep? - January 22nd 2012, 11:31 PM

When you can see fat tissue (its yellowish in color). That's what i consider too deep tho i guess it differs fom person to person what "too deep" means.. if its gaping open and you can see fat tissue you might need stitches.. i understand the need to cut yourself, i do it too but its not the answer if your not ready to give it up yet then please be careful.


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