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Self Harm If you or someone you know is struggling with self harm and needs advice or alternatives, we're here to help.

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Question want to stop,need help - February 27th 2012, 01:30 AM

I had gone a while without cutting myself.Then a few minutes ago my dad called me a dumba**.I freaked out, we got in a fight.I cut myself.I wanted to stop,and i was doing good.My dad set me off again.Wish i cud just ignore all the mean things he says.
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Re: want to stop,need help - February 27th 2012, 01:37 AM

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Re: want to stop,need help - February 27th 2012, 03:57 AM

Well I think to stop you just have to find other ways to deal with things. Because just because you stop SHing doesn't mean those feelings will go away. So finding another way to deal with those emotions and get out those feelings. Maybe try the Alternatives list at the top of the SH forum. Also I would say having someone support you that you could talk to about things would definitely help. But the one thing you have to realize is that you might relapse a few times before you can get better but you can't give up!

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Re: want to stop,need help - February 27th 2012, 06:02 PM

it is like quitting any addiction. its really difficult to go cold turkey. as someone else said, there is the alternatives list to self harm.

this is what i did to help me stop:
-disposed of all of my razors and other cutting utensils
-found a friend to talk to about my urges. talking it out takes your mind off of the actual action
-took a few deep breaths to calm down and alleviate my anger/sadness. you need to find a way to stop the bad emotions because they are what causes the urges.
-forced myself to think about all of the things that make me happy. do something to make yourself smile or laugh.

i wish you the best of luck. you may relapse a few times but it is a process. if you truly want to, you can quit for good. you just need willpower and strength.
   
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Re: want to stop,need help - February 28th 2012, 12:49 AM

Hi there,

It's really great that you went a while with out selh harminb.

I'm sorry that things with your dad got bad and made you upset. Recovory from self harm isn't all about deciding to stop one day, never having urges anymore and never self harming again. I think it's fair to say that most people in recovory have a 'slip up' at some point. But it isn't all about the slip up, but it's about picking yourself back up again after.

I really want to encourage you to use distractions. Not everything is going to help you so it's all about trial and error and not giving up when something doesn't help, kee' on tryig new things.

Don't be afraid to talk to people to. You're not alone in this and sometimes just having someone to talk to about what's going on and about how you're feeling can really help. You can talk to friends, family, a teacher, school nurse or counselor, helplines or us. You're nlt alone in this and you're worth more than self harm.

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