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Do you think Self Harm is an addiction?

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Last Updated: 01/28/2020 at 8:26pm
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April 3rd, 2017 6:01pm
I definitely think it can have addictive qualities. I think for so many people it becomes almost second nature. When you find something that seems to help when certain feelings come up, it can quickly become a habit, almost second nature. But it's so important to know that these habits can be broken, and there are other methods to deal with whatever we're feeling. Self harm can get so dangerous so fast, and there are other ways to deal, we just have to be willing to reach out and work at it.
July 11th, 2017 7:32am
Yes self harm sometimes leads to addiction... People think it will make them relief but that's not true... We hurt ourselves physically for sake of temporary satisfaction.. Self harm can never Be a solution
August 28th, 2017 9:22am
Self harm can become a coping mechanism (a go - to) so yes, in a way it becomes addictive. But it is not medically labelled as such and like any "addiction" it can be broken with commitment and hard work
February 20th, 2018 10:37pm
I think anything can turn into an addiction, whether it's drug, food, game, relationship...or self-harm...What is addictive is the feeling it gives. In the case of self-harm what can be addictive is the feeling of releasing pain, of taking control...etc. Some studies even revealed that our bodies release endorphins, which can be even more addictive.
May 1st, 2018 5:24pm
self harm as an addiction.... yes, it can be. sometimes people use it as a negative coping mechanism, but even after, some people still do it. I have seen a few people who say it is an addiction, so yes, it could be. it differs from person to person.
May 15th, 2018 2:43pm
I do, but I know you don’t do it on purpose. You do it to feel something other than the pain. It’s hard to stop I get it. But it’s an addiction because you do it when you need, and you do it more and more and more. It’s so hard to stop it you want to but you don’t know how. I know you can do it 😘 you have what it takes to beat the thoughts. You just have to find it in you to stop and it won’t be an easy path, but I’ll be there for you. Even if it’s only me💕❤️ YOU GOT THIS!!!!!
July 23rd, 2018 6:03pm
Yes. I believe that some people feel numb and want to feel something. Most people who cut claim they can’t feel anything, so they cut so they can feel. Pain. I have talked to someone who has done it for 3 years every day....
January 28th, 2020 8:26pm
yeah! unfortunately Self-harm is an addiction, as bad as alcohol and drugs too. once it starts, it's so hard to quit it unfortunately. and it affects you mentally and physically as well. and Self-harm shouldn't be just physically harm, no taking care of yourself is Self-harm, not taking showers, starving yourself, not going out, hate yourself for no reason, and there are a lot on the list. Self-harm is not like what all people think about, but please if you are dealing with it, please seek professional help! it is not something that you should deal with it on your own.