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Cutting and Self-Harm Self-Injury Help, Support, and Treatment Share RSS Self-Injury: Types, Causes and Treatment Do you ever hurt yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed? If so, you’re not alone. For many people, self-harm is a way of coping with problems. It may help you express feelings you can’t put into words, distract you from your life, or release emotional pain. Afterwards, you probably feel better—at least for a little while. But then the painful feelings return, and you feel the urge to get relief by hurting yourself again. Self-harm may feel like an addiction. You want to stop, but you don’t know how. Or you may feel like you can’t give it up because it’s the only thing keeping you from completely breaking down. If that’s how you feel, know this: you deserve to feel better, and you can get there without hurting yourself. There is help out there, if you want to stop. Whatever you’re facing in your life, you can learn how to not just cope with it, but overcome it. http://helpguide.org/mental/self_injury.htm This group is about helping those with self injurious behavior, creating awareness of this topic, discussing this issue, and overcoming this disorder. Here are some useful links on this topic: http://bpd.about.com/od/selfinjuriousbehavior/p/Self_harm.htm http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Self_Injurious/ http://www.twloha.com/ http://self-injury.net/

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Hello everyone my name is Jenn and I created this much needed group

By jennylynn4eva Leader 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.

By Susan Cody HERWriter Guide January 15, 2012 - 6:49pm

Hi jennylynn4eva

Thank you for starting this Group. We'll make sure to refer any readers looking for support to this Group. Self-injury is more common that we think and you're very brave to tell us your story.

I'm glad you are working with health care professionals; that's a huge step.

Best,

~Susan

January 15, 2012 - 6:49pm