This material can be triggering for others, so we don't allow it in the forums. There are a lot of resources for dealing with this--as has been said--more self-harm isn't the answer. [link] is a good starting point, and people have linked other resources and options here.
no you don't, right now you are consumed with irrational thoughts. Cutting is not going to make the pain go away. One thing I learned from a program called "DBT" was to get an ice cube and squeeze it in my hand until it melts. The reason being is, it takes away the focus of the emotional pain and replaces it with the physical. Trust me it works, you'll forget about cutting and only be able to focus on the freezing numbness of your hand.
Emotional disturbances aside, cutting is not very healthy because it puts you at high risk for infection. You likely don't fully comprehend how serious infections are, especially if they go untreated. Serious to the point of long term hospitalization and/or painful death.
Perhaps find a marker and draw on yourself. You're still changing your body, but people won't see your work and immediately think they need to freak out in one way or another. I did this myself, and still do occasionally now but very rarely. I used black permanent markers and would flay the tips to be like a brush, became so good people immediately thought they were tattoos (and would inquire how I kept them so black, at which point I'd tell them it was marker and I'd get a weird look -- as if marker on top was somehow weirder then injecting ink INTO my skin). Those who saw me often (work, school) would be confused early on as my 'tattoos' suddenly changed after a day or two. (would stay on for a day or two without 'going over' and washed off 100% with rubbing alcohol)
To this day I don't know exactly why I did it, but in retrospect I was doing this when I was in stressful situations. When I do it now (almost never) I feel it's mostly to reminisce, unfortunately being out of practice I cannot 'paint' my markings on with the elegance or detail I use to.
This is very interesting advise I like the idea. I don't like tattooed well permanent ones n I used to draw designs on my arms (until I found out about ink poisoning which is funny I worried about that n not about how cutting can lead to serious nerve damage.) I like you're idea though. When I cut I would quickly swipe my arm as hard as possible. Thank you.
I know what it's like, but since you haven't done it, there's at least an ounce of you that cares enough to not just go do it. I often fall into moods where I don't care about what anyone thinks or who it will hurt if I hurt myself which has made my stopping almost impossible.
Get some rest, eat some comfort food, and do something you enjoy that can consume your mind. Self-harm is like a drug and it is very addicting... just keep trying to avoid it by doing positive things.
At least you care enough about yourself and others around you to seek help and tell others how you feel.
I’m going to be honest with you. No, you don’t. This is the same as drug use, psychologically. You cut to relieve stress, for the endorphin rush, because you think you deserve to be punished or whatever may be your reason. The satisfaction that it gives you is temporary and you will be left feeling guilty and horrible afterwards. Eventually, it isn’t enough. You have to do it more often, more severely. It is not worth it. It’s a dead end road.
i understand the feeling of wanting to hurt yourself, i used to want to too, but i never did. only because i figured out that it would not solve anything, and it will only lead to obvious pain, and parents freaking out.
to answer your question, no you cant cause harm to yourself without major consequences, even if no one knows it will majorly harm your own mental state.
i know some people that cut, and i feel very sorry for them, i even had to stop a thought for suicide... its just not worth it in the long-run, no matter how much you think it makes you feel better.
I've completely stopped cutting since September 9th last year. I've been trying to stay on the positive side, exercising, dancing listening to music doing what ever I love. But right now I hate myself and i just can't take it anymore. I just want to see at least one little drop of blood just one drop.
Sometimes things get bad and you get the urge to fall back into your old vices--the key is to not give in and to fight through it. Tell your therapist and you're family you're feeling this way immediately so they can look out for you and help you through this.
I saw in another reply of yours that you haven't been eating or sleeping, try eating some food and settling in for a nap, you'll feel worlds better. Try out some calming teas, chamomile and saffron work extremely well for me. ^_^
No. You don't. Realize that by injuring yourself you are accomplishing nothing but hurting yourself and those around you.
To answer your question, you cannot hurt yourself without, well, getting hurt, so the best option is to try not to do it. Are you still recieving therapy?
I'm no therapist, but one way to break bad habits, every time you think about hurting yourself, go do something positive and enjoyable with your time. Pet a dog, draw, whatever as long as it's fun and not hurtful.
I am and she told me that, and I try...they say exercise brings out your happy hormones or endorphins but lately I haven't been able to get the energy to do anything because I'm not eating or sleeping.