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Is it still considered a self-harming episode if no wounds or marks are left from it?

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Last Updated: 05/06/2018 at 8:22am
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April 11th, 2015 6:05pm
Well- self harming is defined by if you inflict pain upon yourself purposely- if you injure yourself- it's self harm- it doesn't matter if it leaves a mark or not.
March 28th, 2016 2:39am
It is still considered self-harm, it's not about the marks left on your skin, rather the emotions felt behind it.
June 13th, 2015 12:46pm
Self harm is any intentional harm to yourself. No scars or marks have to be left behind for it to be considered self harm (:
April 9th, 2015 2:31pm
Yes because you still wanted it to happen, you still tried to harm yourself which can cause more self harming episodes
April 18th, 2015 10:53pm
If someone has pourposly harmed themselves then it is self harm, even if they didn't leave any marks
July 7th, 2015 3:12pm
yes of course ! if you beat someone up would you still have beaten them if the bruises had gone ? ?
April 5th, 2016 1:01am
Yes, any self inflicted pain on yourself would be considered self-harm. It does not always have to result in a mark or anything left behind.
August 8th, 2017 1:21pm
Yes, regardless of how permanent the damage done is, if you self-harm you self-harmed. I wouldn't worry so much about what the appropriate word for what you've experienced may be. Whatever is causing you the stress that makes self-harm an option is something you should address.
April 3rd, 2015 1:19pm
Yes, if you have physically hurt yourself in any way, shape or form then you have self harmed yourself.
July 7th, 2015 8:39pm
Yes of course it is, self harming can be anything, such as eating disorders or literally cutting yourself with a razor.
March 14th, 2016 9:58pm
Yes, because it is still hurting yourself deliberately. Eventually, if you keep going, it will leave scars, wounds, or marks
April 5th, 2015 11:52pm
I believe it is if you are still harming yourself, whether that be your mind or body. Just because no marks are left on your body it doesn't mean it hasn't affected you.
May 7th, 2015 10:42pm
Self-harm is not just physical, nor does it always leave visible marks. Many types of actions are self-harming, but may not seem that way. If you *need* to do something to feel different, I believe there is a pretty big chance it is self-harm.
May 17th, 2015 6:36am
If you tried to inflict any type of pain on yourself on purpose it's still considered self harm. There might not be wounds left but it still counts.
June 22nd, 2015 10:38am
If you aren't exactly physically harming yourself, but are harming your body in an invisable way, I think it is still self harm.
August 11th, 2015 7:15pm
Self-harm describes the act of one hurting themselves. So even if there were no wounds or marks left, if it hurt you and you did it yourself, then it is considered a self-harm episode.
December 8th, 2015 4:20am
The definition of self harm is s the act of deliberately harming your own body. Using this definition it is safe to assume that it does not HAVE to mean that it will leave a permanent mark or wound on the body.If it is physical pain you are inflicting to yourself in order to deal with emotional pain I do believe you can consider it a self-harming episode.
February 15th, 2016 5:58pm
It depends. If there are no marks or wounds because you have found another way to harm yourself, then no. In that case it's still considered a self-harming episode. However, if you have stopped harming yourself completely and your marks are gone, then I'd say yes. All in all, I think the biggest factor in this story are your emotions.
March 28th, 2016 5:23am
It is considered as self-harm even if you don't have any marks left on you. It is still emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and psychologically scarring.
July 11th, 2016 7:57pm
Absolutely. Self harm can be self criticism, insults you tell yourself, different punishments such as starving oneself
January 23rd, 2018 10:16am
Self harming doesnt have to leace visible marks to be considered as self harm. Anything you do which is intentionally harmful to yourself would be considered as selfharm.
February 6th, 2018 6:31am
Regardless of what you would consider self-harming, I think it's more important that we think and focus on what drove us to self-harm. If we can identify the reason, and solve it, then we can stop self-harming. In the end, it doesn't matter what you "label" as self-harming. What's more important are the emotions that you are feeling, and the emotions that you would rather be feeling.
February 26th, 2018 11:31am
Yes. If you harmed your body in any way, it is considered as self harm. Even if you don't have any wounds or marks, you harmed your body or tried to do that.
March 2nd, 2018 4:58am
Yes, because when doing something that is considered self harm is still doing a self harm.
March 20th, 2018 4:26pm
Any time you're deliberately causing yourself physical harm, whether or not you are leaving visible marks, is considered self-harm. Especially if you're doing it in response to an extreme stress or emotion.
April 9th, 2018 11:27am
Self harm is not just physical harm it is also mental harm, yes it is still a self-harm episode if you are abusing yourself with negative thoughts.
May 6th, 2018 8:22am
Self harm is the act of harming oneself deliberately, so if you did something that caused you to be harmed either mentally or physically than it could very well be self harm