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Does self-harm cause more problems than you are already dealing with?

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Last Updated: 12/24/2018 at 5:45pm
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SamWise70
May 21st, 2015 5:06pm
Self-harm is a release mechanism. It's a sign of greater problems underneath. Short term it makes you feel better, sure. However, long term it does cause more problems because it doesn't address the root cause of the issue. It's like getting drunk. Sure it feels good while doing it, but the next morning you throw up in the toilet.
Spiderman93
August 4th, 2015 7:11pm
do you think self harm is making things worse for you? or better? everyone is different and has different opinions about it. only you know what is best for you. stay strong.
Anonymous
February 24th, 2015 10:47am
Personally, I believe it does. It doesn't feel like it does when you're doing it, but when you recover and take a step back you can see how damaging it actually is. Self-harm is a coping mechanism, so of course you are probably doing it because you have some problems that you need help with. However, self-harm causes you injury and is potentially dangerous (as you could seriously injure yourself, whether you intend to or not), it normalises the idea of self-injury so could lead to you considering things like suicide, pills, drugs and so on. It also leads to harmful mindset that makes you feel angry and guilty and, at the end of the day, probably doesn't solve the original problem.
Anonymous
April 10th, 2015 9:29am
It can. If you cut too deep you can have scars and may need stitches. Plus you could get an infection if you don't take care of the wound afterwards.
bigHoliday60
April 24th, 2015 10:44pm
Yes, self harm causes many people to have even more problems (those being pain or having to hide these marks), to me it never works, talking it out is so much easier in my opinion
Anonymous
May 1st, 2015 8:53pm
For some, it helps to make them feel better or more in control. However, once you start self harming it's difficult to stop and can then become another issue.
Anonymous
May 1st, 2015 10:36pm
Yes it does. It causes bodly harm as well as many scars. It gives more pain that what you are truly in.
Ahihihihi
May 10th, 2015 1:03pm
It does. Self harm is never a solution for any problem. I like to think of it this way- When you self harm, you are looking for some relief. You have so much going on in your head that you just want a way to escape. Self harm is like a really attractive but very dangerous deal you are making. Every time you do it, you are losing parts of who you are in exchange of some peace of mind and temporary relief. Your problems don't go away and hence you keep on doing this over and over and over again. And then there comes a point when you just hooked to it. You don't do it to escape anymore. It becomes a habit. So when you look at it, not only are your troubles totally unaffected, you are also picking up a very harmful habit too.
GentleStrength
May 24th, 2015 12:30pm
Self-harm is a coping mechanism. While it can temporally create some relief from your problems, in the long haul it does tend to create more problems. It's very difficult to stop once you've started. It's also difficult to find productive ways to handle your issues because you keep going back to the same selfdestructive coping mechanism. It can be physically harmful, but it's also psychologically harmful. It can be like an addiction. You feel bad, so you self-harm. Then you feel worse because you've self-harmed and you haven't found ways to deal with the pain, so you self-harm again. It can be like downward spiral. It's important to try to work on the underlying issues and get help.
Anonymous
May 30th, 2015 1:50am
From personal experience, it does cause that. You start with one issue where you're feeling bad about someting in particular, so you try and distract yourself by self harming but then, the self harming itself becomes a main issue. It ends up being a vicious cycle.
Riss8456
July 13th, 2015 8:40pm
Self-harming does lead to more mental health issues. You are abusing yourself so it does have consequences. Even after you stop self-harming you will most likely always have a physical reminder of what you went through and potentially have to explain to others.
strugglingone
September 7th, 2015 11:47pm
Self-harm is never a solution. There is always a way to solve the problems, the trick is to keep a positive mind and have faith in yourself.
beautifulCandy40
September 15th, 2015 1:47am
Yes it actually does, when you cause yourself harm you are telling yourself that hurting yourself is the answer to your problems but it isn't and you will finally end up hurting yourself for attention and it cause really bad things to come to yourself
Anonymous
September 28th, 2015 11:32am
In almost every single case it does! Selfharm creates a lot of additional stress in your life because instead of just having a problem or negative feelings to deal with and worry about, you also have to worry about caring for your wounds, preventing infection, keeping them hidden (if you don't want certain people to know about them) hiding your selfharm tools...it creates a lot of worry and paranoia and stress about people finding out or you accidentally causing very bad damage to yourself. (Which is much easier to do than most people think!) Selfharm can also drive a wedge between you and the people you care about because it will likely cause you to lie to them.
SmileYoureBeautiful
December 7th, 2015 1:17am
Short-term it can feel like it helps, however in the long run it can cause more hurt and pain especially looking back on it can be triggering aswell.
Anonymous
May 9th, 2016 4:36am
Yes. Self harm makes you have to think of ways to hide your cuts, deal with the pride you lost, the relations with your family and friends, the dissapointment look people give you when they see all the action.
Anonymous
July 25th, 2016 11:15pm
Yes, it does. It will cause many more problems in the long run, and although it may seem like a good decision at the time, it's truly not.
lovelybeans
August 29th, 2016 12:42am
Yes, in many ways self harm causes more anxiety and other issues. For example, you have to worry about hiding the scars, and then you start to feel worse about self harming. So it's better to talk or redirect thoughts.
Anonymous
October 17th, 2016 4:27pm
In the moment it can feel like a relief but you will later regret it because the scars will remind you all the time of the memory that you would like to forget in the future
Anonymous
November 21st, 2016 8:14pm
If you ask me, yes. I understand the appeal of cutting and self harm, but in the end it will hurt you bad. You don't wanna hurt yourself for a tiny rush. Get help today.
Anonymous
November 21st, 2016 9:49pm
I find that yes, it does cause more problems. It's another chore to add to the list, another thing to worry about hiding the next day, and it creates an anxious mood overall.
Hope
January 30th, 2017 2:57pm
Self harm surely causes more issues than it resolves. It can give you a sense of control. Maybe you feel a bit better while doing it. It makes you "feel" but what after ? that sense of guilt will follow and makes you feel worse than before. It also highly addicting, not something one should even consider. If you already are involved with it then please reach out for help and support because recovery is possible.
Anonymous
June 5th, 2017 12:10am
In a sense, self-harm can cause more problems. A lot of people self-harm to deal with their emotions and what is happening in their lives. It can give a false sense of control; because you think you are able to control when you are self-harming. This is however not the case, it can become an addiction and the "control feeling" is most of the time just temporary. It can leave scars, reminding you of bad times. Overall it is better to find something else to do, that can maybe actually make you happy.
Anonymous
September 25th, 2017 8:19am
Self harm causes more problems as you sometimes fail to see a different perspective to your problems. You feel there is only one solution to your problem but if you stop for a while and talk to someone you feel connected with about your problems you are likely to find an alternative solution and you won't need drastic measures to end your life. Reach out when you feel you are Flipping out. There is thousand different ways to solve your problems. Don't give up and always be positive and hope for the best.
Anonymous
April 16th, 2018 1:43pm
I know that it feels good to self-harm, sometimes, because you feel that the physical pain will distract you from the mental pain, or detract from the mental pain, and that you can see the scars and it might make you feel better that this is something you have control over. I know. I've been there. But self-harm isn't a good solution to your problems. It's a temporary feel-good answer, and though your scars are your battle scars, proof that you survived, self-harm isn't the way to go.
Thacker
December 24th, 2018 5:45pm
Eventually, you will become dependent on self-harm. Have you ever heard someone say drugs lead to harder drugs? Well, that's basically it. You may think I little cut here or a small burn there is nothing, and in the moment, it actually does make you feel better. But after a while, that little cut isn't going to help anymore. And it WILL lead to worse things. It all starts will a little cut, or a little burn. That one thing that made you feel better in the moment, is going to lead you to harder things, until nothing works anymore. What happens when nothing works anymore? You get hopeless. The pain becomes too overwhelming. And what happens when the pain becomes too overwhelming? Well, that is when you decide that there is no other option other than... something you know will infinity end the pain. This is how self-harm causes more problems than you are dealing with. I never knew this, until I experienced it. I heard how self-harm helped people dull the emotional pain, so I started to do it. It got worse and worse, and eventually, it stopped working. Self-harm didn't ease the pain anymore. The pain got stronger to the point where I absolutely could not take it anymore. That is when I.... attempted suicide. Please, love yourself enough to not put yourself through such torture. You are stronger than you think. You got this.