Have you ever cut yourself to get rid...

Have you ever cut yourself to get rid of emotional pain?

Created by Someone09 on Sep 13, 2009

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Yes

All the time

I use to

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Never

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Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#1 Sep 14, 2009
...It started out with dripping hot candle wax on my skin...Moved on to burning myself with a lighter (heating it up and pressing it against my skin). Then I started cutting myself...Never went deep, it wasn't suicidal cuts. Just breaking the skin, a bit of bleeding, like scrath marks...

Burnt myself with a lighter again recently...The cutting just isn't fun anymore. And the evidence is just too clear. Lol. With burning one can limit the visibility, not necessarily burn until it forms blisters. Because people will question it.

I know I need help for this, but I am just not up for talking to a complete stranger about personal stuff...I didn't "hurt" myself for almost 3 months...Then the setback just the other day...

Guess it'll become less and less frequent, and finally stop. At least, I hope so......

(Just to make it clear, I was not the one who started this poll, I was just the first to leave a comment...)
Pro Masturbater

Fayetteville, AR

#2 Sep 14, 2009
i do something else

“"I walk a lonely road" - G.D.”

Since: Oct 08

Somewhere on Earth

#3 Sep 14, 2009
I started this poll because I felt alone. I wanted to see if anyone else did the same thing. I knew people did but I wanted an idea of how many on here do.

I cut small cuts but alot of them with a razorblade when I was extreamly upset and hurting.

I'm working on it but not sure how to stop. It's something I've done for a very long time.

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#4 Sep 14, 2009
Someone09 wrote:
I started this poll because I felt alone. I wanted to see if anyone else did the same thing. I knew people did but I wanted an idea of how many on here do.
I cut small cuts but alot of them with a razorblade when I was extreamly upset and hurting.
I'm working on it but not sure how to stop. It's something I've done for a very long time.
Kim.please get counseling hon. You know I told you after my daughter died I attempted suicide 3 times. I didn't really want to die,I just wanted the pain to stop. Counseling helped me so much. Please you will never be sorry you got help.
Pro Masturbater

Fayetteville, AR

#5 Sep 14, 2009
Or you could talk to God. No need to be extremely upset. I find the closest thing possible to make me ^_^ and what i do is one of those.
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#6 Sep 15, 2009
Someone09 wrote:
I started this poll because I felt alone. I wanted to see if anyone else did the same thing. I knew people did but I wanted an idea of how many on here do.
I cut small cuts but alot of them with a razorblade when I was extreamly upset and hurting.
I'm working on it but not sure how to stop. It's something I've done for a very long time.
You are definitely not alone!

There are many people (like us) out there!

Some do it for the simple reason of concentrating on that pain, and forgetting about deeper emotional pain. Others do it for suicidal reasons. But you are not alone. And I agree with LIP on this one: You need to seek professional help (so do I, and so do all the others who do this to themselves).

If you feel the need to talk, there are many Topix posters who really care about the welfare of others, and I know it helps to talk about it.

Glad to hear though, that you also don't cut deep. I used to use the blades of pencil sharpeners. Nobody knew about it. But then one day I just started talking about it, and now have all my friends supporting me, and everybody looking after me. This has helped me through it. Though I did have a setback recently, I know I will get through this, and it will eventually end completely.

I do not want to commit suicide. I also only do it when I'm really angry, really sad, or just depressed and lonely. Sometimes when I'm bored.

Feel free to talk about it, any time! Will try my best to respond as soon as possible!!!!

Take care!!

xxx
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#7 Sep 15, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-harm

A link to a site about self-harm.
Possible reasons for it, and possible ways of "treating" it.

Just an interesting read. Thought you might want to have a look...

>Hugs<

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#8 Sep 15, 2009
Someone09 wrote:
I started this poll because I felt alone. I wanted to see if anyone else did the same thing. I knew people did but I wanted an idea of how many on here do.
I cut small cuts but alot of them with a razorblade when I was extreamly upset and hurting.
I'm working on it but not sure how to stop. It's something I've done for a very long time.
Kim,I know you used to have my Email,don't know if you still do. It's on my profile. I would love to talk with you off Topix. Honey Email me. Okay?

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#9 Sep 15, 2009
Blue_bear wrote:
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You are definitely not alone!
There are many people (like us) out there!
Some do it for the simple reason of concentrating on that pain, and forgetting about deeper emotional pain. Others do it for suicidal reasons. But you are not alone. And I agree with LIP on this one: You need to seek professional help (so do I, and so do all the others who do this to themselves).
If you feel the need to talk, there are many Topix posters who really care about the welfare of others, and I know it helps to talk about it.
Glad to hear though, that you also don't cut deep. I used to use the blades of pencil sharpeners. Nobody knew about it. But then one day I just started talking about it, and now have all my friends supporting me, and everybody looking after me. This has helped me through it. Though I did have a setback recently, I know I will get through this, and it will eventually end completely.
I do not want to commit suicide. I also only do it when I'm really angry, really sad, or just depressed and lonely. Sometimes when I'm bored.
Feel free to talk about it, any time! Will try my best to respond as soon as possible!!!!
Take care!!
xxx
Thank you,please get counseling. You will never be sorry. It helped me so much. It's a gift to yourself.
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#10 Sep 15, 2009
Life is Precious wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you,please get counseling. You will never be sorry. It helped me so much. It's a gift to yourself.
They say that admitting the problem, is the first step to recovery - I just cannot seem to be able to take the next step: Seeking help.

I have been to a Psychiatrist in the past for a different problem, and it did help. However, I do not see the use of going to one again to spill my guts and share personal information. I know that it stays between myself and the Psychiatrist, but I just don't want to do that to myself again. I know that I shouldn't feel bad/embarrassed about needing to see a professional. It's nothing to be ashamed of. But I do feel like a nutcase just thinking about it.

Thank you for caring, but I think I'll just make use of this little "support group" going here.

People with the similar problem talking about it with others. What's the difference?? Don't really see any - plus, this is much more fun!

And I don't feel like I'm fighting my battle alone, I can now lean on others too, and have them lean on me - That way we keep each other strong!

xxx
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#11 Sep 15, 2009
Psychiatrist - a doctor trained in the treatment of people with mental illnesses

Psychologist - a professional who studies behaviour and experience, and who is licensed to provide therapeutic services or to work in an academic setting

Not sure which one I was supposed to use in my reply to you, LIP. But both do more or less the same thing - it seems like Psychiatrists are just in a bit more specific field.

Either way, I don't want to alarm my parents by saying that I'm going to start seeing a head doctor again. They will want to know what's going on, and I really don't want them to know about it!!! It'll break them!(I am 21, but stay with them, and don't want to hurt them).

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#12 Sep 15, 2009
Blue_bear wrote:
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They say that admitting the problem, is the first step to recovery - I just cannot seem to be able to take the next step: Seeking help.
I have been to a Psychiatrist in the past for a different problem, and it did help. However, I do not see the use of going to one again to spill my guts and share personal information. I know that it stays between myself and the Psychiatrist, but I just don't want to do that to myself again. I know that I shouldn't feel bad/embarrassed about needing to see a professional. It's nothing to be ashamed of. But I do feel like a nutcase just thinking about it.
Thank you for caring, but I think I'll just make use of this little "support group" going here.
People with the similar problem talking about it with others. What's the difference?? Don't really see any - plus, this is much more fun!
And I don't feel like I'm fighting my battle alone, I can now lean on others too, and have them lean on me - That way we keep each other strong!
xxx
Well it definately helps talking to someone who's been through the same thing doesn't it? We are all in this world together and if we can help each other out if it's only by listening then thats a gift to each other.

I find when I talk to other people who have gone through the same things and have felt the same way,I feel just a little bit saner.LOL

May I ask you something??

Am I talking to Cherie? Just wondering.If it is you,please send me an Email.

“You Can Call Me Queenie”

Since: Jul 09

Any Town U.S.A.

#13 Sep 15, 2009
I have a 16 year old neice who does this.It is only when she is upset,depressed or angry.
Her mother begs her to get counceling,and she did for a little while,but stopped,and soon went back to cutting herself.

She now has scars all over her arms and legs from this,and she is such a beautiful girl,to be bearing the scars of her mental release of frustrations.

Her mother often feels that it is her way of somehow trying to make her feel guilty for some reason or other,as it seems that it only happens when they have a disagreement.

It is sad to withness what this is doing to both of them,and I wish that my neice would stick with counceling,and hopefully one day she will realize that it would be best,and go through with it.
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#14 Sep 15, 2009
Nope, sorry :-D And I don't mind you asking questions. Keeps me busy. Lol.
It's so hot in my office right now. But don't want to switch on the A/C just yet. Opened a few windows, for some fresh air...
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#15 Sep 15, 2009
The Queen Of Your Heart wrote:
I have a 16 year old neice who does this......
WELCOME! We are all here to talk about the same thing. Someone09 (Believe your name is Kim, as LIP mentioned): Seems there are many people on Topix who either do it themselves, or know someone who does. So none of us are going through this alone!!!
<3

Queen: Would it be possible for your neice to join us on Topix? Think it might help for her to talk to others who have gone through/are still going through the same thing...

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#16 Sep 15, 2009
Not proud of it but yes. I wan't actually going for cutting bout I din't have something in the lines of what I needed. It bought me time in the hospital. I went to new therapist and Doctor and now I have been able to resume a somewhat normal life. I had never been a cutter before. A year and a half ago my depression went out of control. I would tell someone who is to please get help. Its something that is hurting inside and cutting is not going to release it and let go.

“You Can Call Me Queenie”

Since: Jul 09

Any Town U.S.A.

#17 Sep 15, 2009
Blue_bear wrote:
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WELCOME! We are all here to talk about the same thing. Someone09 (Believe your name is Kim, as LIP mentioned): Seems there are many people on Topix who either do it themselves, or know someone who does. So none of us are going through this alone!!!
<3
Queen: Would it be possible for your neice to join us on Topix? Think it might help for her to talk to others who have gone through/are still going through the same thing...
I will definitely mention it to her mother.I think it would help her alot o have others to discuss this with,as those of us who have not done something like this,have a hard time understanding it.

I think it would be a wonderful idea for her to at least read others comments about it.
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#18 Sep 15, 2009
The Queen Of Your Heart wrote:
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I will definitely mention it to her mother.I think it would help her alot o have others to discuss this with,as those of us who have not done something like this,have a hard time understanding it.
I think it would be a wonderful idea for her to at least read others comments about it.
Great stuff! See one of my previous posts which contains a link to a "self-injury" website. It explains possible motivations for cutting. Not sure if there are sites which goes more into detail about other forms of self-harm, but since your neice has a cutting problem, maybe you can read through that, and get a better understanding of what she may be going through.

People generally assume that those who harm themselves in such a way, are only looking for attention. That isn't always the case, as they also explain on the site. Here's the link again anyway:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-harm

Hope it helps. Will try to get more information regarding self-harm, and post it here for you and others to read through.:-D
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#19 Sep 15, 2009
There are soooo many ways in which one can harm oneself. This includes:

-Starvation
-Over-eating
-Isolation
-Cropping up of emotions/feelings

This may lead to physical harm:

-Burning
-Sexual 'pain'(through masturbation, etc.)
-Cutting
-Tying up oneself (chaining oneself to the bed, for example, and throwing the keys just out of reach...)

The list is endless, but I'm hoping that these will open the eyes of the readers, as I've done most of them to myself, without realising that I was actually causing harm to myself.

It was "fun" at the time.

I haven't mentioned everything I've done to myself yet, but almost all the things on this list are things I've done to harm myself.

I feel that those of us here, act as an online support group, and we should watch out for each other!!!

Will post links about self-harm here as soon as I've found some interesting ones!
Blue_bear

Pretoria, South Africa

#21 Sep 15, 2009
For those of you who would like to know where I found those links, simply look up "Various ways and types of self-harm"

There are many, many links, I just selected a few here and there.

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