Can I die from self harm?

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EmelyR - Expert in Self-Harm
October 6th, 2014 11:33pm
It is possible to die if you are cutting and loose too much blood, or if your wounds get infected, which can seriously jeopardize one's health.
Anonymous
November 10th, 2014 5:15pm
Yes. I used to cut very deep. I was put in the hospital four times and have one near death experience. Please, please do not use this on yourself. your worth it.
Poppies
November 6th, 2014 8:53am
Self-harm by definition is causing injury to yourself without the intention of trying to end your life. Any injury to yourself however, can cause more harm than initially intended, and there is the possibility that a person could unintentionally kill themselves by self-harming.
Anonymous
November 11th, 2014 8:53pm
Yes it is possible you could die from self harming. If you cut too deep or a vein/artery it could mean a threat to your life.
keepsmiling3
November 16th, 2014 1:51pm
Yes. There is always a risk. It is often like playing Russian Roulette With your life. One wrong move that is all it takes. Take care and Look after yourself!, Don't let things get you down like this, You are beautiful and don't need to harm yourself
CastaDivaRadhe
March 19th, 2018 9:10pm
Self-harm is really a very broad term, which encompasses a number of actions, and behaviors. In short though, yes one can die from self-harm. However, there are many ways to prevent this tragedy from happening. With self-harm that involves a physical component. We have to remember that even if we are not intending to cause serious damage, or death. It is always a possibility with even very minor injuries. The likelihood is, of course, usually small. Still, it is a possibility, so we need to be as careful as possible. Typically, if I had a patient coming to me, that was self-harming in this way, such as cutting. I would first begin to try and address the root cause of the behavior. However, I would also give them some wound care and first aid suggestions on how better to care for the cuts. Of course self-harm is an unhealthy behavior, but it is still a coping mechanism. It is very, very unlikely that the person would be able to stop after one visit. This is why it is important to make sure that they know how to properly care for the wounds, and how to avoid possible infections or other issues associated with this type of behavior.
Pandette
November 18th, 2014 5:15am
Inevitably, self-harm can kill you. I mean, sometimes we think that having a drink here and there won't do anything, but if we drink on an everyday basis, it is very likely we are damaging our liver or internal organs to the point where they can not be fixed. I feel as though no matter the method of self-harm, sooner or later, it will inevitably lead to death, even if it is by accident. Don't take chances, darling! If you are self-harming, please do take the time to seek help.
Anonymous
November 6th, 2014 4:45pm
Yes, if you go too deep, you can die. It is uncommon, but that is why it is so important for you to get help and recover from self harm. There are many other ways to deal/cope with emotions and problems.
Anonymous
November 19th, 2014 12:57am
Yes. It may sounds crazy or like it would never happen to you but it totally could. If you happen to cut too deep you could hit a vain.
Gemma8483
October 25th, 2014 1:50pm
If you cut yourself to deep you can cause a nasty bleed which can kill you. That is why thoughts of self harm are considered an emergency in the medical world. If you ever feel unsafe you should call emergency services and they will take you seriously.
fromthesea
November 9th, 2014 1:20pm
Yes you can. If there's one time you cut to deep or at the wrong place, you can indeed die from self-harm. So please don't do it.
TropicalSeas91
November 19th, 2014 6:45pm
That ultimately depends on what kind of self harm you're doing and what precautions you're taking, but yes, you can die from self harm. If you feel you are at risk I highly recommend speaking to someone about it, such as a therapist or a close friend who can help you stop.
illbebyyourside1
October 24th, 2014 7:08pm
You can only die from self harm if you cut too deep and hit a vein. Except it, you can't die from self harm.
FlickeringCandle
November 13th, 2014 1:47am
Yes. If you cut too deep, you could hit an artery or a vein. You could also become infected from cutting or burning.
Anonymous
September 17th, 2014 3:54pm
Self harm can be very dangerous, and yes you could possibly die - the best thing for someone who is self harming is to seek professional help ASAP.
Laynz
September 25th, 2014 12:30pm
You can die if you got to far. Self harm is an unhealthy behaviour and although the reason is very rarely of suicidal nature you can accidentally hurt yourself really bad. When talking about Self Harm in terms of cutting oneself it is fairly easy to bleed to much and die.
optimisticHeart11
November 3rd, 2014 4:57am
Usually the intent of self-harm (as it was for me, too) is to try and cope with your problems so that you can continue living, there usually isn't a suicide wish for self-harmers. That being said, there is a lot that can go wrong when you self-harm. You can cut too deep, injure yourself too severely, bleed out, and your wound can even get infections that, if not treated correctly, can be life-threatening. Self-harm usually does not cause death, but it's still a problem and should not be taken lightly.
QuinnBrendan
October 29th, 2014 11:55pm
Yes, harming yourself is dangerous. Look for other ways to handle your emotions. But first, seek help.
KingAl
August 22nd, 2016 7:10am
Yeah, self harm can result in death. You might end up cutting a nerve or a blood vessel. Over bleeding can also result in death. Infections also lead to death. Please do not self harm.
Anonymous
October 29th, 2014 8:49pm
Self harm comes in many forms. Not all of these forms of self harm can cause you to die, however, certain types of harming yourself could lead to death.
Anonymous
November 6th, 2014 2:00pm
it depends on what kind of self harm you apply. you don't want to harm yourself though. i was in your position once and i found out that it was something that i did not need to do and found out that i can help other people which is why i signed up here..
Anonymous
April 11th, 2015 1:58am
yes, you can
Anonymous
November 2nd, 2014 6:14am
Yes. Cutting too much will result in blood loss, and if you lose too much blood you may pass out or even die.
Sofia
November 3rd, 2014 11:25am
Yes, you can. Depends on how often you do it and how deep your wounds are. It's nt uncommon for someone to cut too deep, no matter how careful they think they are. Self harming, like an self-destructive habit, can, one day, kill you.
Anonymous
November 14th, 2014 11:22pm
Yes, if you cut a major vein, it is possible to start bleeding no stop, this might lead to too much of blood lose and death
Mayaisthename
November 15th, 2014 5:34pm
Yes, you can die from self harm, because you could cut yourself deep or hurt yourself a lot.
Anonymous
May 20th, 2015 4:11pm
It depends on how and what you do to self-harm. Cutting yourself is the most common, and if you cut too deep or get infected, it can end up being fatal. Cutting is never something I'd recommend, and you should seek help for it.
Anonymous
July 6th, 2015 1:26pm
Well, yes. It does depend on the way of self harm but it can be fatal in direct or indirect ways. If we see cutting, yes then it can be quite dangerous, since you may cut too deep or cut at an important vein. Choking or hitting oneself can be fatal as well. Except for those, scratching, burning and other forms can be harmful as well, as they don't exactly impact you to a great extent physically as much as they do mentally. They can increase fear, stress, depression which have been in the past proven to be fatal. Remember, hurting yourself is never the answer!
thelightindarkness
November 8th, 2014 7:45pm
Yes do to self harm starting as some small cuts or even smaller then it will slowly get worse then you know diesng
Anonymous
November 9th, 2014 10:06am
Yes you can, if you cut yourself too deep and lost a lot of blood. If you don't go to the hospital you can die of it.