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What exactly counts as self harm?

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January 25th, 2015 8:22pm
Any form of deliberate self injury counts as self harm. The most common forms of self harm are cutting and burning, although there are other forms e.g skin-picking, scratching, bruising on purpose etc
July 7th, 2015 6:49pm
Anything you do to purposely harm yourself. Such as cutting, burning, scratching biting, hitting, breaking your own bones, giving yourself a rug burn, exc. Just anything to hurt yourself on purpose. Thats where the term "Self Harm" comes from.
January 27th, 2015 2:43pm
I believe that self harm counts as anything that could possibly inflict pain towards you. Whether it'd be physical or emotional. You could do self-mutilation to your body , take an overdose of pills or be listening to music that causes emotional pain.
October 11th, 2016 5:42am
Anything that is intentionally meant to harm you, and is inflicted by you. This can range from physical, to emotional, to socially
February 8th, 2016 7:32pm
Any wound self inflicted on purpose. This includes scratching, hair pulling, pitching, punching, cutting, burning, hitting, and many other things. Although cutting is a type of self-harm, it isn't the only type. Just as people come in all shapes and sizes, self-harm does, as well. So anything that involves harming yourself on purpose in anyway, counts as self-harm.
April 2nd, 2015 10:51am
Being angry to our own self counts already as a simple self harm. In life there are many things that could make us harm ourselves, but remember that there are also good and amazing things life has to offer.
June 28th, 2016 7:01am
Self harm would be anything that you do that could potentially cause harm to yourself. There's a misconception that just cutting would be self harm and that alternatives to self harm could be burning, rubber bands, etc. It could not be more wrong. They cause harm to yourself and they cause you pain. They are not an alternative to self harm in the slightest and tend to make recovery harder.
April 24th, 2018 4:49pm
Anything that someone does deliberate that causes them harm physically/emotionally or mentally is classed as self harm
December 23rd, 2019 1:55pm
Self harm can take many forms, many many forms. It could be cutting yourself (not necessarily with a knife or a blade, anything that cuts counts), or burning yourself in any way, starving yourself, or eating way beyond being full, it can be depriving yourself of sleep, getting yourself in stressful situations, getting yourself in dangerous situations such as wondering alone at night on dangerous streets, it can also be biting yourself, hitting yourself, or even trying to get hurt by someone else, it can be staying with someone toxic for you even though you know you shouldn't, or also being self depreciating...self harm takes many many forms
May 3rd, 2015 8:08am
I don't that there is an exact definition but it is often regarded as intentional self-injury "SI", (cutting and burning are probably the most common) without suicidal intent. It does have an official (DSM-V) label - "Non-Suicidal Self-Injury" (NSSI) but privately I am sceptical about that. In the SI support community it is seen as a way of coping. Helping people who SI to understand why they have chosen SI as a way of coping is probably more constructive than focusing on the physical details.
February 14th, 2017 3:14pm
Self harm is any way in which you would intentionally cause harm to your body. Any things that hurts you, that you do with the intention of feeling pain, qualifies as self harm.
May 7th, 2015 11:59pm
Anything that you are doing to yourself that makes you feel pain, mentally or physically. Mostly it is noticed as physical pain (i.e. cutting).
February 14th, 2017 6:34pm
Self harm is any activity that causes injury to oneself. By extension, disordered eating habits could be considered such, though it isn't traditional. The most common examples are cutting and burning oneself; however, pinching, picking at the skin, and head banging are all examples.
June 18th, 2015 12:28am
Self-harm is any act of deliberately harming your own body as an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. Examples include cutting, burning or punching one's self.
April 11th, 2016 2:33am
Anything that has to do with harming yourself in anyway shape ir form, it could be hitting yourself, cutting, burning, starving, hair pulling, bitting or anything that hurts you
June 17th, 2016 1:11am
Self harm is pretty much anything that you do to harm yourself in any way. This could be by cutting, burning, purging, starving, or many other things.
June 28th, 2016 7:38pm
Any way that your are causing physical harm to your body.
October 17th, 2016 6:14pm
Self-harm is just as the name implies; harm to yourself. This could be cutting or scratching, burning, and some consider addictions and eating disorders to be self-harm as well.
November 1st, 2016 12:57pm
Self harm is any form of hurting yourself like cutting, smoking, burning, scratching, or whatever in their different levels.
July 23rd, 2018 10:07pm
Self harm can actually be many things. As well as cutting, it can also be burning yourself, biting yourself or even pulling out your own hair.
April 20th, 2020 3:06am
Self harm constitutes the intention to harm oneself. So yes. intention is everything no matter how trivial you think the harm to yourself was. So it could range from just hitting yourself with a ruler to cutting yourself with a knife. Both are not alright if your intention was to self harm. If you feel like what I've described matches your situation, please reach out to someone. Listeners on 7 cup as well as therapists/psychologists will be your non-judgemental sources of help. Even if you feel that your self-harm situation is trivial now, I would urge you to get help as prevention is better than cure.
June 22nd, 2015 12:53am
Self harm includes any physical injuries that are voluntary and self-inflicted . Intentional harm to one's body including cutting, burning, and other physically harmful things.
December 21st, 2015 8:56am
pretty much any form of self inflicted pain, it doesn't even have to be physical, you may find that you put yourself through situations you know are going to hurt you/your feelings and you want that, that could also be counted as self harm
June 12th, 2017 6:22am
There are several things that do, the most common is cutting, but there's also : burning, self-poisoning, alcohol abuse, self-embedding of objects, hair pulling, bruising/hitting one's self, scratching to hurt one's self, knowingly abusing over the counter or prescription drugs...
February 6th, 2018 7:27pm
A lot of people think that something only "counts" as self-harm if it leaves physical scars (cutting, burning), but self-harm is anything that you do voluntarily with the objective to hurt yourself. It can be cutting or burning but it can also be starving yourself, hitting walls with your bare hands among other things.
February 13th, 2018 5:00am
Anything you do to yourself to deliberately cause pain or injury. This can include cutting, but also bruising or other things a person might to with the goal of hurting themselves.
February 15th, 2018 6:19am
There are many definitions of it, but the one that I follow mostly is the deliberate damaging of one's body tissue, without the intent to suicide. The exact definition of self-harm is very varied, and there is no exact definition as of yet, most likely because the topic of self-harm is still being researched into. So the boundaries aren't clear, and definitions are all broad and depend on the person.
July 16th, 2018 9:59am
Anything you do to inflict pain or harm on yourself. The most common is cutting and burning, but it can also include things like hair pulling, scratching, fucking wounds to prevent from healing, pinching, headbanging, bone breaking, etc.