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What constitutes self-harm?

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Last Updated: 04/24/2018 at 6:21pm
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November 9th, 2014 1:07pm
Any behavior that destroys the self. It can be cutting, pulling out hair, scratching, pinching, or starving oneself, to give a few more popular examples.
October 26th, 2014 10:27am
Self harm is any action (or inaction) that deliberately results in physical harm to yourself. This could be typical, obvious things like cutting, burning, bruising, etc, but it could also include deliberately harmful eating habits, drug or alcohol misuse, even purposely making negative life choices for yourself. Self harm is a way to release unresolved emotional issues, a way to feel more alive or can be a way to punish yourself. Whatever the reason and whatever the method only you can really understand why you may do this, what you get out of it and find some more less harmful alternatives. It isn't easy, just admitting to yourself what you're doing sometimes can be a struggle. It can also be very addictive so stopping can be difficult, you need to be really ready to stop. Luckily 7 Cups is here if you need to talk in a safe, non judgemental environment, any time of the day or night.
November 8th, 2014 11:28pm
Self-harm can consist of anything where in individual deliberately hurts them-self. This can be in any way such as cutting, biting, burning, scratching, substance abuse, head banging, hitting, over dosing, pulling out hair, picking along with many other things.
November 9th, 2014 1:17pm
For me, things that I can't control constitute self-harm. I self-harmed for the first time when I was feeling desperate about something a teacher said about me. I blamed myself for not being good enough and I felt so terrible and I wanted the feelings to stop, so I use physical pain to reduce mental pain. If you feel the urge to self-harm, don't. Talk to someone, talk to me, or a friend. Who ever you want to. Cry, scream, it's all okay. Just don't ever start.
April 12th, 2015 9:49pm
Anything you do to yourself which hurts you. It could be scratching until you bleed, tearing out hair, cutting, etc. Anything that hurts you or leaves scars.
October 30th, 2014 12:50am
Self-harm is the intentional act of causing physical pain to oneself to distract from emotional anguish
November 9th, 2014 6:41pm
self harm is deliberately harming yourself by cutting or burning yourself. its typically not meant as a suicide attempt but an unhealthy way to cope with all the anger and frustration and emotional pain. By my personal experience i can tell that though it calms you down, but it definitely brings alot of guilt with it!!
November 11th, 2014 11:00pm
An act that is deliberate which causes physical injury to yourself in some way and is generally done to relieve some form of emotional distress.
November 17th, 2014 12:04am
the hope that this new pain will cover the old. or the thought the we deserve this pain and scares we put ourselfs in
October 25th, 2014 12:01am
Physical pain of course; that could be cutting, burning, beating yourself up, slamming into things, etc. Then there is emotional self harm.
October 22nd, 2014 3:58pm
There's a difference between somebody who wants you and somebody who would do anything to keep you. Remember that!
November 3rd, 2014 3:14am
Deliberately hurting oneself in order to escape problems. Hurting includes deliberately burning oneself, cutting, and even just purposely running into things.
November 3rd, 2014 9:42pm
Anything which is self inflicted to hurt yourself or as a method of escape is how I would describe that.
November 3rd, 2014 10:48pm
Peers at my school did for me. Just, bullies in general. School sucks. Pressures, deadlines, stress, homework, rude teachers, rude students, Parents splitting up as well.
November 5th, 2014 4:29pm
Any act or thought that results in harming yourself. It could range from negitively putting yourself down to cutting yourself.
November 5th, 2014 10:14pm
Any time you do something with the intention of harming or punishing yourself- cutting, burning, hitting, starving yourself, etc.
November 8th, 2014 9:57pm
Self-harm is any time that you intentionally hurt yourself physically. Cutting is the most common form, but burning and hitting yourself isn't uncommon either.
November 20th, 2014 11:21am
Any time where you commit harm against your person, mentally or physically, and do so knowing it will cause pain or damage.
April 9th, 2015 6:53pm
Self harm to me can be anything from the thought of hurttng yourself on purpose to doing.Burning yourself, cutting, taking drugs, drinking to much.
May 1st, 2015 4:35am
Self harm is any way you are trying to hurt yourself physically and emotionally. By talking to others about what issues that are bothering you can help with self harm.
November 8th, 2016 4:54am
Doing something that hurts you physically, mentally, or emotionally. Using sex to substitute sad emotions, and regretting it afterwards, can be self-harming just as much as cutting can. Self-harm is when you knowingly sabotage yourself to replace your feelings.
May 21st, 2015 8:40am
Self harm occurs when the person feel unhappy and have no hopes for their future. Have you ever seen anyone who is happy that self- harm? No, right. So the point is to make yourself happy and work for future plans. Happiness in reality is nothing like what books or movies always depict: find true love, go adventure, find interesting things to do. Happiness is only on the basic thing: study, then work to earn money to buy great clothes, food, cars , houses, go travel around the world. Please don't think it's too materialistics. It's the easiest and instant happy things you can do for yourself. Furthermore, when you have more than enough money, you can use the money to help people. Have you ever seen any philanthropist who is poor ? No, right? They are philanthropist because they have money to buy food and shelters for the poor. Now you have your future plan: earning money, to help yourself and help others.
June 12th, 2015 12:55pm
Self-harm varies widely from person to person. The most recognized self-harm is cutting, however, harming yourself in any way should be considered self-harm. Burning, hitting, stabbing, and even diet restriction should all be considered self-harm because the individual is in control of these actions and they are causing harm to themselves by participating in this behavior.
January 18th, 2016 2:30am
Any injury one inflicts upon themselves. It can be a paper cut, a burn, a scratch, bruises, a cut, etc. It constitutes as self-harm so long as it is an injury that is inflicted intentionally, rather than by accident.
June 12th, 2017 10:59pm
Anything anyone does on purpose to get an effect. This includes but is not limited to, biting, scratching, cutting, pinching, and many other self-destructive behaviors.
April 24th, 2018 6:21pm
Anything that harms or puts yourself in danger on purpose. This could include biting, scratching, burning, starvation or punching walls. Anything that you do to purposefully hurt yourself is self harm.