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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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suggestions? - March 29th 2012, 11:39 PM

does anybody have any helpful suggestions for when you really need to self harm. like Ive done the ice cube thing and rubber band but they really don't work anymore


any suggestions would be great, and appreciated.

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Re: suggestions? - March 30th 2012, 03:19 AM

Hi Casey,

There are a couple things to do. First, try to figure out why you want to self harm, and address that within yourself. People hurt themselves for a reason..usually a lot of bad feelings..and if you address that, the cause, the urge often becomes far more manageable. The ice cube/rubber band trick doesn't really work b/c it doesn't address the underlying cause.

The second is to find someone to talk to..preferably about what's going on for you, but also, don't dismiss the value of a good distraction.

Lastly..and I know i say this a lot 'round here...therapy! Tell someone about your struggles and let them get you to a doc that can help you better understand and cope with the stuff that's causing the feelings.


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Re: suggestions? - March 30th 2012, 03:48 AM

Hi there,

I'm not sure if you've taken a look at the alternatives thread, but it can be really helpful. Keep in mind that not everything works for everybody but there is something for everyone. And of course, as Dr. Bobby said, therapy is an amazing tool and something to look into. There are sometimes free or reduced cost support groups, which are amazing as well. You can beat self-harm, you don't need it.

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