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Is it still cutting if a blade does not draw blood but leaves a mark?

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Last Updated: 06/08/2020 at 5:46pm
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June 8th, 2020 5:46pm
I would say yes. Any urge to self harm yourself in any way with a blade I would consider cutting. Whether you are drawing blood are not you are still choosing to self harm yourself. Try talking to your family and friends they love you and they want to support and help you in any way that they can, but sometimes they do not know how to aid in a situation that they have never been in. As a result, I would suggest that you seek professional advice from a counselor or therapist so that they can help you work through your feelings of hurt and pain.
October 14th, 2019 2:54pm
It might seem logical to distinguish between the two - drawing blood or not drawing blood, but overall the problematic principle is the same - self injury. When engaging in these activities, one is intentionally causing their own pain and this is what needs to be addressed. Using self injury to externalize psychological pain is understandable but has a looped, damaging effect on self-esteem. It might seem to "release" the pain, but at the same time it reinforces an idea that a one is not worthy of healthy treatment. Perhaps the key would be to figure out positive, healthy ways of sublimating emotional difficulties - ones that reinforce your value and self worth
October 15th, 2019 10:23pm
Hey! I'm so, so sorry that you had to go through this. Any self harm is counted as self harm. I know how it can feel when you are caught up in the labels of it, and I have gone and do go through this too. It's not easy at all, on any single level. But, please do not worry about labels. Your problems are valid and important, regardless of how you or others refer to them and label or classify it. Please stay as safe as you possibly can, and highly consider reaching out to a friend about your self harm