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Topic Title: Self-Mutilation
Created On: 12/08/2009 03:04 PM
 12/26/2012 03:08 PM

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I highly respect any person who seeks out help for depression and/or attempts to overcome self-injurious behavior. Life is not always easy, and all people have a story. At times, the story can be sad. Therefore, to judge a situation without all the facts is an unwise move. [br][br]In my opinion, individuals who make a decision to rise above unpleasant circumstances and work to overcome adversity in my eyes are heroes. The scars left behind are typically not desired, but they can become a representation of strength. [br] [br]
 11/28/2011 04:22 PM

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I volunteer in an industry where I know some children who have mutilated themselves. More often than not, these young people see beyond the underlying problems they are facing and eventually come to a new level of awareness. I have nothing but profound respect for the strength and courage these boys and girls often exhibit. They have taught me so much about forgiveness, patience, thankfulness, understanding, appreciation, and love. It's strange, I was supposed to be helping them, but instead they have helped me.
 12/27/2010 08:57 AM

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I hope your friend is fine. Depression is very difficult. I think depression is like a plantar wart, something that won't vanish easily. I have tried medications and therapies before, but everything was useless until I grew more matured and learned to control my impulses. I hope your friend will find something to help him control his impulsiveness. I guess impulsiveness is a part of any depression, or emotional problem. Spirituality helps a lot, not particularly being religious. About his chiblain, I guess wrist cutting brings out hefty side effects. Before my wrist cutting craze, I could play the piano with ease. However, after mutilating my wrists, I noticed whenever I play the piano, my hands would freeze and gain discomfort, although I am certain that it is not a carpal tunnel syndrome. I just hope this horrible thing doesn't get worse.[br]
 12/15/2010 11:09 AM

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[br]One of my friend always hurt himself when he is suffering from depression, like fight with his girlfirend. He said it's way to relieve his emotion. He always hit the trees, walls or any hard things. He used to take plaeasure in seeing himself bleed. However, this gives him a sequel. Every winter, only his hands get chilblain. [br]
 12/14/2010 11:26 AM

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My younger sister is also dependent to sweets and candies when she's feeling down in the dumps. She used to cut her wrists, whenever she's upset, but then soon she learned to overcome that weakness, and moved on to gummy bears and chewing gums. I used to mutilate myself, particularly on the left wrist and neck area. I use a scalpel, whenever I make downward cuts, and have tried various scalpel blades. [br][br] I am suffering from depression, and I used to take pleasure in seeing myself bleed profusely. Recently, I have learned to overcome this disturbing habit, although I still suffer from depression. The scars on my wrist are unsightly, but I look at it with honors. Whenever I see it, I get reminded of my big failures and mistakes. However, looking at the positive side, it also reminds me, of how I overcame that particular storm in my life[br] .[img=151x151][/img]
 10/06/2010 05:44 PM

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Just read that [url=]Kelly Osbourne says that she is going to have her tattoos removed[/url]- she says that for her they were a form of "self-harm"; and a way to get back at her parents. For some people, are tattoos like self-cutting and not really body art? Wondering what others think... When I feel bad, I usually eat a lot of sweets (which is not necessarily healthy either).
 12/08/2009 03:44 PM

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[p]That's a good point RDS, but I think the issue is that most people are unwilling to divulge such personal information.. Even if it is behind the computer and through the internet. Also, it's still somewhat of a taboo subject, no? I mean, personally, I wish people would be more open/accepting of this.... condition? I"m not sure what the politically correct term for this is..[/p][p]But since you shared your story, I'll share mine.[/p][p]I'm 23 years old and my first memory of self-injury occurred back in Middle School, sometime around 6th or 7th grade.. I was rather depressed for most of my life (never diagnosed because my culture looks down upon such things, sad to say) and the cutting sort of developed when I decided that suicide might hurt.. Kind of funny looking back on it now, but also slightly twisted I think...[/p][p]Anyways, I agree with you that the urge to cut never really goes away. There was definitely a long period of time after I left high-school when I stopped cutting. But I definitely... "relapsed" (for lack of a better term) a couple of times, but each time was a significantly painful moment in my life. Though unlike you, I cannot say that I will never cut again, I am definitely more aware of my triggers and have successfully been cutting-free for the past 3 years.[/p]
 12/08/2009 03:04 PM

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[p]I have to say that I'm really surprised that there aren't more forum posts on self-injury. Part of me thinks that maybe people are afraid to open up and talk about a part of their lives that wasn't necessarily all that fantastic.[/p][p] [/p][p]I'll go first.[/p][p] [/p][p]I'm 27 years old. My first memory of self-injury was burning myself when I was 14 or 15. Then nothing else happened until I was 18. I became a "regular" cutter. There are so many things that I could talk about with regards to cutting, but I don't want to unload all of that right now.[/p][br][p]I haven't cut myself in over five years, and while I still get urges here and there, I'm confident that I will never cut again.[/p]

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