Self-Mutilation/Cutting

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QUESTION: What qualifies as self harm/cutting?  Is it if you break the skin and make it bleed? Or its it when you irritate the skin?

ANSWER: Hi Rae,

Self harm is anything that you do to harm yourself on purpose. So something like scratching an itch would not be considered self harm but continually scratching with the intention to harm yourself is considered self harm. There are many forms of self harm but when cutting is considered, it is when you purposely cut yourself, usually leading to you bleeding.

Best wishes,
Lacey

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QUESTION: What if I want to stop but yet want to keep cutting as well?

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Rae,

Even though you probably know this, I'm going to mention it; cutting is not healthy and you should try to quit. That being said, trying to stop cutting before you are ready can lead to frustration. My best advice is to find someone who can help you to quit (counselor, friend, etc.). The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit cutting. It will probably be difficult but try. And if you don't succeed, don't worry. Just get your strength back and try again.

Best wishes,
Lacey

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I can answer any and all questions about anything related to self-harm. I can offer advice on what to do if you know someone who is self-harming or if you yourself are. I can provide ways to get help and ways to cope. I have gone through counseling so I can answer questions related to that as well.

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I was a self-harmer for a while, before I got the help I needed. I have been through what some of you may go through and I can provide an inside look that many others can not provide. I believe in getting help to those who need it. I have also helped friends and loved ones overcome their own self-harming addiction.

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I have taken two seperate psychology classes, one at a college level. I have written two research papers on the topic of self-mutilation, focusing on cutting. I have read many books about self-mutilation. I have learned ways to cope, get help, and ways to relieve the anxiety in a way other than self-harm. I realize that I am not a psychiatrist but I believe I can help in a way that a psychiatrist wouldn't be able to by providing first hand experience with the topic.

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