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Does scratching with a knife, not cutting, just to feel the burn, count as self-harm?

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Last Updated: 03/30/2021 at 11:12am
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May 21st, 2018 9:06pm
Yea, because you are still trying to harm your self or causing harm to your self. Any type of thing that can cause harm to yourself that you do on purpose is considered self harm because you are hurting or trying to hurt the one thing that matters the most. Yourself. If you ever feel like that please just message me when ever and we can talk about it. You deserve so much better, I wish you could see that.
April 16th, 2018 2:32pm
yes any type of self inflicted injuries are considered self harm such as head banging, scratching, picking scabs
April 17th, 2018 11:15pm
as long as it hurts you, it can be count as self harm. its not only cutting
July 23rd, 2019 6:43pm
In my opinion it does, lots of people doesn’t count it as self-harm. I see it as any type of harm you do to yourself is considered self-harm. Any way of trying to cause yourself pain, such as cutting, scratching, starving, punching things, etc. You don’t have to cut yourself or bleed for it to be considered self-harm, a lot of things are counted as self-harm. People all look at self-harm differently. But by looking at what the word says, “self-harm”, it’s basically any kind of harm you can do to yourself where your goal is to cause yourself any type of pain.
March 30th, 2021 11:12am
Yes, because it hurts your body. There are easier ways to relieve stress. Coping skills or physical objects can really help. Like using a stress ring. You push it up and down your finger and it stimulates and relaxes you. I suggest looking it up! Stress balls, squishies, and fidget cubes are really good to keep on you or fidget with in your pocket.