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Is it normal for me to scratch and bite myself?

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Last Updated: 07/31/2017 at 3:03pm
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Lior
March 8th, 2015 9:40am
Abnormal behavior is described also as a behavioral pattern which causes someone pain. So no, it is not normal to scratch or to bite yourself. These kind of things are forms of self harming, which always need to be dealt. Furthermore, this forms can develop quickly to more aggressive forms. We got here a good self -harm help guide: https://www.7cups.com/self-harm/ And if it does not help, you can always look for professional help, and we are always here to listen.
MissCarla
July 31st, 2017 3:03pm
I dislike the word normal, how can normal be defined? The world is a rainbow of different people and we are all completely different, even if some seem the same. Is it normal for you to scratch and bite yourself? It seems like this falls into the self harm category so you might like to look at the self help guides, reach out to a listener or even talk to a therapist to get to the route cause.
FlowerInDisguise19
May 23rd, 2015 11:36pm
This is a form of self harm as you are hurting yourself. It's semi-normal. Don't be ashamed, you are you and you just need to find yourself a better coping mechanism to this one. What do you think would help you better to manage your feelings? Out of frustration or anger sometimes as a coping mechanism we end up hurting ourselves/self harming, but just remember to take a deep breath and tell yourself it's going to be ok and you will eventually start to feel better and manage your feelings better as you set your negative feelings aside.
Anonymous
September 1st, 2015 1:27am
Sometimes we all get this feeling that we want to hurt ourselves or be a bit rough. But if itvgets out of hand then maybe... It's better that you get medical assistance in controling this urge.
2chance2makethingsright
October 28th, 2015 7:46pm
This is a form of self harm, but you don't have to feel ashamed! Talking to people who are here to help can really help :) "Normal" is a term used to describe something that is most commonly done, and not everyone uses this method to help cope with what they are going through, everyone does cope in one way or another. It is normal to cope. I hope you stay safe! You can message me at any time :)
Savana13
January 12th, 2016 11:57am
It is not 'normal' par say, but it is common. Those things are a form of self harm, a maladaptive coping mechanism that does more harm than good. It would probably be a good idea to reach out to someone on this site or in your community for help with this.
dkotabarrios
April 6th, 2015 3:43pm
No, that is self mutilation and is self destructive. I think you should consider seeking out professional help through a therapist. Therapy can be very beneficial for people who self mutilate.
JocePunk123
April 18th, 2015 5:08am
Yes totally normal I bite the inside of my cheek sometimes when I get nervous and panic and dont know what to say or think and it just do it while not really noticing .
Anonymous
May 20th, 2015 10:16am
Scratching and biting yourself is a form of self harm, and self harm is a negative coping method for negative feelings. Replacing that negative coping method with a positive one might be difficult but would be very much work it!
goldenPumpkin55
June 23rd, 2015 12:23pm
Everyone has some sort of unusal habit, but if it has the slightest chance of harming you, you should advice someone closer to you or perhaps a doctor.
HappyMrMe
June 7th, 2016 3:42am
When we feel frustrated with life we can find it difficult to release these stressers and often attempt to releave the stress in unhealthy or harming ways, Biting and scratching yourself is not healthy if you are doing it to the point of hurting yourself. If you are doing it as a habbit for whatever reason, you may have some kind of suppressed reason for it. Talking to people that specialise in the this feild can be helpful. Talking to your local GP might uncover some information and may open up some doors for you to go on and they may be able to offer you counseling sessions to get over your habbit and to find preventative measures so that you are not harming yourself.
Anonymous
February 20th, 2017 7:41pm
It depends on what kind of scratching and biting we're talking about. Scratching itches, occasional skin picking, biting your nails--those are pretty normal. If you're doing physical damage to yourself, find yourself spending a lot of time on these things to the point where it's hard to stop, or doing it specifically to cause pain, there could potentially be an issue there, particularly if it's interfering with your ability to do other things or causing you distress.
Anonymous
June 20th, 2017 4:53am
Yes. A lot of people do this. It's a way to help the person calm down but it's not recommended. It's best to talk someone instead