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Scratching/pinching myself. - March 6th 2012, 10:17 PM

I've always pinched/scratched myself ever since I was a child. I do it when I'm anxious or angry. I've done it as long as I can remember :/ I must have been about 9 when I questioned it.

I don't do it hard enough for it to be considered dangerous. I may leave a mark on my skin but that is all.

Has anyone else ever done this? even when they were really young? I do it without thinking now :/ If I'm in public I just make it look like I'm just scratching my arm but in reality I'm doing it really hard :|


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Re: Scratching/pinching myself. - March 6th 2012, 11:00 PM

Hi there :-)

I've scratched myself badly before. I think I first did it when I was around 11 maybe. It is a form of self harm and its good that you recognise the feelings which trigger you to do this to yourself. I guess now it's about finding something which is healthy do when you're feeling angry or anxious. It might be a simple distraction which just works best for you when you're feeling that way.

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Re: Scratching/pinching myself. - March 6th 2012, 11:56 PM

I have done the same. Although I am not sure when I started. Yes it is a form or self-harm and finding a better way to relieve stress should be found. There is a list on here somewhere that has self-harm alternates.


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Re: Scratching/pinching myself. - March 7th 2012, 12:21 AM

Yes this is actually my primary form of self harm. However, O have not done it in over 17 months as my signature says.




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Re: Scratching/pinching myself. - March 7th 2012, 06:32 AM

i used to do it alot in school on my arms till i bleeded it was very bad. but i dont do it as often anymore.
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Re: Scratching/pinching myself. - March 7th 2012, 01:22 PM

At least I'm not the only one :/ I actually remember doing it when I was about 5-6 I also remember pulling my hair out sometimes as well.


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Re: Scratching/pinching myself. - March 14th 2012, 12:03 PM

Hi all, i still have that problem and my hair i pull my hair at the front out without noticing im doing it , now i make my skin bleed when i scratch i dont mean to but i do it without a thought, and i have started to do it more but i dont know why but i do it when i feel uncomfortable an nervous ore, can i sto any advice ?
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