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I bite my arms and legs when I am angry. I have a lot of bruises sometimes it bleeds when I bite but, I can't stop myself. I don't know how to stop myself from biting myself. Is there any way to stop?

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Last Updated: 09/14/2020 at 6:27am
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July 20th, 2020 6:36pm
Hello, I understand you and it must be difficult for you. Well done for recognising what you are doing. It's a great idea to build up a list if coping skills for when you feel like you want to harm yourself. Here are some great ideas: rubbing cold ice on your arms, legs etc, pinging an elastic band, eating salt, or something minty and drinking a super fizzy drink and focussing on the bubbles. Some of these sounds silly but anything to give you a strange sensation will take away the urge to harm yourself in a way that could potentially be dangerous for you. Good luck! You are amazing and strong, Its a bad day, week or month but it is not a bad life!.
September 14th, 2020 6:27am
I recommend getting a chewable silicone necklace. You can get some cheap ones that support aggressive chewing from Stimtastic. When you get the urge to bite, it might be possible to redirect your anger to the necklace.