Mental Health

I have been struggling with self-harm for several years now.

Every time I get explosively angry, I end up attacking myself (usually by scratching the insides of my arms, or my face/lips with my nails or some other sharp object). My parents and sister know this, and it upsets them so much. The last time I did this was three days ago, and this time I had to come clean. I have now finally opened up fully to my partner and to a few of my friends, and they have been amazing and supportive. This time I want to stop for good. I really don’t want to do it again. Is there anything else I can do to stop myself? – Want to Stop

Dear Want to Stop: You’ve already taken many positive steps: You understand the pattern when you engage in self-harm. You’ve told people about it (and they are being supportive). You want to stop.

You can recover. Specialized therapy will help. It might help you to read more about self-harm in order to fully understand the triggers and response. The Trevor Project has helpful information, as well as a “lifeline”: My friends at Crisis Text Line want you to know that you can text them, 24/7. Texting when you feel the pressure rising can help you to cope with the feeling while avoiding the self-injury.Text HOME to this number: 741741.

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4 Responses to Mental Health

  1. adguru101 says:

    Wanting to stop is the first step in fighting any addiction; I hope this person continues to seek and respond to all the support that’s available. Best of luck! Alisa

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  2. I know we always say pray and go to counseling but it’s so much deeper than the two. You have to be thoroughly international and then pray and seek counselor. Once be patient with herself too.

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