Do I have to break the skin for it to be classed as self-harm?
Last Updated: 05/06/2019 at 12:37am
Christina Hussami, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Strengths-based, solution-focused therapist focusing on helping clients find life balance and navigating down their own path leading towards overall well-being.
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Any activity that involves deliberate harm to oneself is classed as self harm. This can include actions from cutting, to bruising or even such things as deliberately overdosing. So no, it doesn't need to break the skin to be classed as self harm.
Writing as somebody who is a volunteer administrator of a world-wide board which supports people who self-harm, I think that the answer to this question is "no". The board takes the view that the reasons which lead to use of self-harm as a coping mechanism are more important than the physical details (breaking the skin or not, etc).
Of course not - anything that is intended to cause harm is considered self-harm. This includes scratching, clawing, bruising, burning, beating, breaking, cutting etc. Self-harm can come in many obscure forms that don't leave marks but still have the intention for harm.
No, you do not have to break your skin for it to be self harm. Self harm comes in many different forms.
No, not at all. I believe it can even be classified as self-harm if you do something to hurt yourself emotionally as well. Any kind of action or gesture that results in you feeling any kind of pain, physical or emotional, can be classed as self-harm.
No self harm can even be an act that doesn't even follow a stereotypical way of thinking of cutting deep into the skin. For example. The fact that someone is cutting themselves but only scraping, means they're are showing signs of a greater problem at work.
If you do something with the intention of harming yourself, then I'd say it's self harm. Even if it doesn't break the skin.
No, self-harm is anything that is meant to harm you, but not kill you. It can be internal harm, bruises and other things. Any kind of self-harm is bad, and as long as you hurt yourself it is classified as as self-harm.
Absolutely not. The literal definition of self-harm is the harm of oneself. It doesn't have to do with whether or not you break the skin.
No. Not at all. If you are harming yourself in any way then you are obviously feeling crappy about something. Try talking to a therapist.
No, any attempt to hurt yourself in any way, may it cause damage to your skin or not, counts as self harm
No, there are many ways to self harm, cutting is not the only way, for example bulimia also tends to be a form of self harm, digging fingernails into your skin, for me the most common one i used to do was smack my head against things, i never broke skin but i ended up with bumps and lumps everywhere. if you are doing something knowingly against your well being in the hope the pain from inside will become more physical that is self harm to me.
No, self harm is any harm that you inflect on purpose on yourself. No matter, if it barely leaves a mark or it is a bleeding wound.
Not at all, anything meant to hurt yourself is considered self harm, self-harm means hurting yourself on purpose. It can be in many different ways like bruising, beating, punching, cutting, etc.
No way! You do not have to "break the skin" for it to be classed as self-harm. Any way you are doing harm to yourself is considered self-harm.
you've harmed yourself mighty enough just by considering it,,try talking to a trusted listener who won't judge. Scaring yourself will only brand you.
No you do not have to break the skin for it to be self harm. Anything you do on purpose to harm yourself is considered self harm.
No you don't. Self harm is defined as any act where you intentionally harm yourself. It can be from as large as causing gashes or breaking bones to as little as scratching the skin or isolation. But no matter what it is, you should always seek help if you are harming yourself
Self harm is still self harm, no matter how big or small the wound is. Don't feel as though you're any less because you don't break the skin
No not necessarily. If the person is causing some sort of injury to themselves as a coping method or self-punishment, than it is not healthy and the person should seek support for better coping techniques. Self-harm can include cutting, scratching, biting, picking, burning, beating, and any other form of self-injury.
No, definitely not. Everything you could do with the intention of hurting yourself is self harm. Please take care.
Slef-harm is anything that causes injuries to yourself it doesn't mean you have to cut of burn yourself it's as simple as doing things with a purpose of harming ones self
Anything that includes inflicting pain onto yourself in any form can be classified as self harm. This can be physical (from a scratch to breaking skin) to emotional (neglecting your emotional needs on purpose). Self harm is anything that harmful that you put upon yourself.
Yes! Anything that you do to yourself that physically or mentally harms you can be classified as self harm. Please stay safe!
No, If you are doing anything that is intended to harm yourself whether it be scratches or cuts it IS self harm
no, any way shape or form of harming yourself for that purpose is self harm. stay clean love your beautiful/handsome and worth so much
There are many forms of self harm that do not break the skin, such as hitting, pinching, hair-pulling, and in some cases even biting. If it causes any form of harm, is intentional, and does not break skin, it can be classified under self-injury, a subsection of self-harm, thus making it self harm.
No you do not have to "break the skin." Self harm is whenever you hurt your self in any way. Even if you hurt yourself, but don't break the skin it is self harm.
No. First of all you don't have to self harm and to think about "how can i be classed as self harm". I mean, why do you want to be classed as self harm? Self harm is a serious thing!
Self harm is something that harms you. It can be cutting, it can be behaviors, Any time you do something with the intention of self-harm, it can be considered self-harm,
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