Friday, April 17, 2009

Self Harm


Self-injury (SI) or self-harm (SH) is deliberate injury inflicted by a person upon their own body without suicidal intent. Some scholars use more technical definitions related to specific aspects of this behaviour. These acts may be aimed at relieving otherwise unbearable emotions, sensations of unreality and numbness. The illness is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as a symptom of borderline personality disorder and depressive disorders. It is sometimes associated with mental illness, a history of trauma and abuse including emotional abuse, sexual abuse, eating disorders, or mental traits such as low self-esteem or perfectionism, but a statistical analysis is difficult, as many self-injurers conceal their injuries.

Self harmers are often mistaken as suicidal, but in the majority of cases this is inaccurate. Non-fatal self-harm is common in young people worldwide and due to this prevalence the term self-harm is increasingly used to denote any non-fatal acts of deliberate self-harm, irrespective of the intention.

There are a number of different treatments available for self-injurers which concentrate on either treating the underlying causes or on treating the behaviour itself. When self-injury is associated with depression, antidepressant drugs and treatments may be effective. Alternative approaches involve avoidance techniques, which focus on keeping the self-injurer occupied with other activities, or replacing the act of self-harm with safer methods that do not lead to permanent damage.

Helping yourself

This section is about helping yourself to stop self-harming.
Understanding why you do it

Stopping is easier if you can find other ways of expressing or coping with your feelings. To do this you need to try to understand what makes you do it. Lots of people don't know why they hurt themselves so it may be useful to think about:

* What was going on in your life when you first began to harm yourself
* How you feel just before you want to hurt yourself
* Whether you would find it useful to keep a 'mood' diary, writing down your feelings at different times
* Whether you are always in the same place or with a particular person
* If you have any bad memories or thoughts that you can't tell anyone.

Thinking about other things

When you feel anxious or upset, doing something you enjoy or trying to think about other things can be a way to help you stop hurting yourself. You could try:

* Phoning a friend
* Writing down your feelings in a diary
* Listening to music, drawing or reading
* Going for a walk or a run, dancing, exercising or playing sport
* Counting down slowly from 10 to 0
* Breathing slowly, in through the nose and out through the mouth
* Focusing on objects around you and thinking about what they look, sound, smell, taste and feel like.

If you still want to hurt yourself

If you still want to hurt yourself try:

* Finding a safe punching bag like some pillows
* Putting your hands into a bowl of ice cubes for a short time or rubbing ice on the part of your body you feel like injuring
* Using a red felt tip marker or lipstick to mark your body instead of cutting
* Putting a rubber band around your wrist and flicking it
* Putting sticking plasters on the parts of your body you want to injure.

It can be hard to stop

Self-harm can be really hard to stop. It may take time and there are likely to be ups and downs along the way. Sometimes, however hard you try on your own, you just can't cope with your feelings.

If you can't stop wanting to hurt yourself it's best to get help from someone you can trust. This means finding someone who you can talk to about your problems and who can give you practical help.

> If you do not feel ready to stop self-harming
Harming yourself may have become a way of dealing with your feelings that you find hard to imagine coping without. If this is how you feel, here are some ways to help you look after yourself.


13 Critics:

LOL- I would never hurt hurts :D

But yh some people do hurt themselves....due to circumstances..

You’ve been Awarded. =]

@altamashlolz... waisey hurting seriously doesn't mean stabbing a knife in your self !!

@saeedafankzzzz shhhooo shweet of you !!!

Gosh... the pic... it's freakish ):

Through this article, I got the answers to a lot many questions of mine (:

lolz... it portrays self harm naah ;) !!

whoa, dude yur good at like alot of stuff, poetry, all yur pictures, ect. anyways yur good :-)

nadia baji thanks yaar... but am not that good :( !!

yur alot better than wrote all that poetry...yourself?

gee all of the poetry is by me except two un key neechay us key credits diye huey hain !!


It means that all the poetry on this blog and the other one are mine except the I WANT PEACE ONE and the NOW YOU ARE GONE one those are of my friends...

but all the work is souly mine :)