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I feel like my cutting is escalating super fast. I've only been cutting for three days and already have 40 cuts. Is this normal?

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Last Updated: 12/09/2019 at 7:06pm
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November 6th, 2018 5:54pm
Self harm can be very addicting because it releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good when you self harm so your brain wants you do do it more so that you can keep feeling good. The truth is, escalating or not, no amount of self harm is healthy or “normal”. There are many much healthier coping mechanisms that can help you deal with the things in life that lead you to self harm. If you’re getting to a point where you feel like you can’t get clean and stay clean on your own, it may be helpful to see a professional.
December 24th, 2018 4:13pm
First of all "What is Normal" Over the past 10yrs i have dealt with a number of individuals that have had either cutting or pulling issues/what you need to understand that these episodes usually are triggered by some physical or emotional event that causes a reaction/in your case the cutting/the amount of cutting is a direct response to whatever is triggering your actions/often what is recommended is to keep a small journal and record any incident that causes any reaction and results in cutting/hopefully by doing this you will be able to identify those situations and try to avoid them/ additionally there is counseling and in certain situations medication s that hopefully will lessen the cuttings
December 9th, 2019 7:06pm
Self harm is done in many ways, cutting being the most common. The amount varies on who and why. But you should seek help and try to stop. I know what it feels like. Fighting the addiction is the best way since hiding blades is not really that effective. I know it may be hard but find someone to talk to about this. It could be a listener here on 7 cups, a counselor, therapist, friend or family member. Remember, there are others willing to help and that its okay to seek help. I hope you try to resist and stop. :)