November 29, 2011 - 12:33pm
I have various mental health conditions and I work closely with both a therapist and a nurse practitioner. I do however have an extensive history of self injury which some people may be very familiar with. Self injury is a maladaptive coping skill for dealing with mental pain however there are far better healthier coping skills out there one should utilize and I try my hardest to use these skills but sometimes I slip up and injury myself. Self Injury is not the same as being suicidal but it can be very dangerous as I know all to well when I needed 8 stitches to close a wound I created with a razor without realizing how deep I was cutting. I have a lifetime of scars on my body from cutting and I am constantly working on squashing this unhealthy behavior but it does take time and alot of therapy. If anyone feels brave enough to discuss their stories with self injury it would be helpful to not just you but others and discussing what positive coping skills you practice instead of self injury is great as well. Thank you for listening to my story.