Is scratching yourself with a paper clip on purpose considered self harm when you don’t bleed?
Last Updated: 11/23/2020 at 2:57am
Jui Shankar, Ph.D
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*trigger warning* Doing any sort of activities in order to purposely/deliberately harm yourself can be considered self-harm. It is often thought that it is only self-harm if there is permanent damage on your body, but that isn’t true. Scratching yourself, tugging hair, preventing an injury from healing are all forms of self-harm. Misusing alcohol or drugs, deliberately starving yourself, (anorexia nervosa) or binge eating, (bulimia nervosa) and excessively exercising are also considered self-harm by some. For some people, they harm themselves deliberately, but it does not feel like self-harm to them as they may have no long lasting physical damage such as scars, however what they are doing can still be considered self-harm
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