Some of you heard about and read my article on “Self-Harm, It’s Not Just Cutting” on International Bipolar Foundation. The link is here –> IBPF. If you haven’t read it, please give it a read so I don’t have to go into the whole article here.
I self-harm. I do not cut, but I use other ways to get the same feelings. For some reason the physical pain takes away the mental pain. For me, it help relieves anxiety.
People learned many things from my article:
Although it usually starts around the teen years it can start even earlier, I was a toddler who tore the skin off her fingers and when my parents tried to stop that with gloves I pulled out my hair til I had a huge bald spot. They took away the gloves, but they had given me a new way to self-soothe as I prefer to call it. As a teenager I tried cutting. I did it several times, but I didn’t the same feelings out of it. I stopped. Off and on I would pick at scabs, mainly on my head and tear them open over and over never letting them heal and always having blood on my fingers from tearing at them. Currently that is what I am doing and I have been lucky that I haven’t gotten an infection from any of that.
People don’t realize that any type of situation where you harm your body is Self-Harm. Most people honestly think it is just cutting. The article gives a list of things that can be considered Self-Harm.
It is not just teenagers who do this. Look at me, all my life and I am about to turn 59. My therapist wants to help me stop it, but in most cases you need a therapist who specializes. And to be frank, you really have to want to stop.
Hope you enjoyed my Day 6 blog post.