Why is self harming so addictive?
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Self-harming can be addictive for various reasons. This depends on the motivation for harming in the first place. I know for my personal experience people often say that self harm makes the 'feel better'. This can be due to the pain causing a rush of endorphins being released into the body in response to the pain. Endorphins are a hormone associated with elevated mood and feelings of relaxation. One reason self harm can become addictive is that we crave that endorphin rush again and again.
Makes you think the pain goes away bc a chemical in your brain is released when you hurt physically.
Physical pain can relieve psychological pain, so when you know there is a way to suffer a little less, you tend to do whatever it takes to feel better, at the risk of becoming addicted to self harm because you'll always need more self harming to relieve new pain, over and over again.
Our attention diverts to the physical pain over the mental, and we find that it's easier to face physical pain. We find out hurting ourselves makes us feel better mentally, so we keep resorting back to that when we are sad because at low points we will do anything to feel alright.
Self harm is addictive because it temporarily stops you from focusing on the pain in your head. Instead you focus on the pain you're actually feeling. Causing some to feel relief so they want to do it more, but it won't do anything than cause more pain.
Self harm is so addictive because it's like drugs. When you do drugs, it's usaslly for a reason or an escape. This is the same reason people self harm. For an escape even if it only last for a few minutes. It's addictive because after that escape, you feel down again and the only way you know how to get an escape is to self harm.
There are a lot of factors, I believe. There's definitely the feeling you get from it, that release of endorphins. For some people, it could also be the look of the scars, seeing themselves bleed, etc. It really varies from person to person.
Self harm is so addictive because people try too hard to hide what they have inside and, in the moment they need to "kill that mosters" the only way they find is self harm, because for them it's really difficult to talk to someone about how they feel.
Because it can take over your entire being, every thought, every action. You can become entirely consumed with harming yourself. Some people harm to do it as a punishment to themselves, they need to be punished, they need to hurt, others do it because they need the control in their lives.
Personally for me I found self harm addictive because I found it more of a punishment and that I deserved to be hurting.
It can be seen as a control thing, as you know you can only push yourself further... if that makes sense. You play play mind games with yourself over how far you can take it, as you feel it's the only thing you can control. Anorexic's tend to do the same thing, but with the amount of weight they can lose in a week to how many calories they will intake on a daily basis.
It's a coping mechanism and pulls you in to a cycle. Your brain craves any kind of stimulation and the pain from self harm gives that as the brain is so un stimulated it will take any kind of energy as a relief from the nothingness. This is why it's encouraged to watch comedies, eat spicy foods and get exercise when depressed.
It's addictive for me, because it makes me feel good. There are some issues you may get after it, but it makes you feel better and I mean who doesn't want to feel better?
The sencation and the blood. The secantion, that we can feel something other than pain. Blood, in order we don't see only black and white.
I guess that it makes the individual express oneself best by claiming that they hate themselves so that's why they harm themselves. It is a method for those who do it to "secretly cry for help" and say, without uttering a word, that they are depressed and need help
Self-harm releases soothing chemicals in the brain like a drug. Eventually, you crave the chemicals more and more and it seems to be a quick fix to feel better in the moment.
Self-Harm is in my opinion the minds way of taking the pain you feel inside and showing it on your body in an attempt to make sense of it. It is so addictive as for the first time in so long you feel something other than numbness and sadness.
Because it makes you feel control and on once u start it becomes an addiction, a craving to carry on doing it.
Its because self harm allows the self harmer to escape from the painful reality of the world by getting ecstasy and numbing feeling. It is addictive as its later develop as a companion when the self harmer is suffering. They feel lonely and self harming is the only way they could feel human again.
Why is self harming is so addictive? It's addictive because to the brain you feel less stress and you think you feel better and those scars you left they calm you down.
This is one of those sensitive topics that can easily be answered in many different ways, in my own personal opinion it is so addictive because once you start you feel like youre being controlled over. When you self harm and you release all of the pain that youve been storing in all this time it can be quite difficult to stop. Also because you might be feeling like you deserve this pain, which is not the case at all.
First, it keeps your mind occupied and you don't focus on other things like emotional pain anymore. That can be a feeling that you may need again and again. Furthermore physical pain releases endorphines in your body in order to make you feel less pain which makes you feel better emotionally, too.
I think it's because everytime you do it you feel like you need more to reach the same feeling. eventually you'll rely on it too feel good. it's a way to cope and if you don't find others ways to cope with your feelings you might not see another solution.
Those who self-harm often do so because they are surrounded by so much pain and frustration. Their circumstances are out of their control. When they self-harm, they discover a pain that is within their control, something that they can decide the severity and length of. That sense of control and power is what can feel so addicting, and the act of self-harm can also have a numbing or distracting effect that is just as addictive.
People often say that self-harm is addictive because of the relief or sensation of pain that they experience when they self harm. For some people it's about feeling something when they're feeling numb and for others it's about feeling physical pain rather than being overwhelmed by emotional pain. Either way it often doesn't last a very long time and they end up wanting to self-harm again to get the same result
Our bodies release Endorphins when we self-harm. It's a stress reliever for many people, and it makes us feel good & relaxed in the moment. But once that moment is over, the urge to harm again is even stronger, so we do it all over again. It's obviously an unhealthy coping skill, but the chemicals our bodies release when we cut is addicting. It's the same chemical that is released when we eat comfort food, when we're happy, when we connect socially and when we exercise. I recommend using one of these healthy coping skills rather than self-harming. Painting, running, baking, smiling, and spending time with my friends, family or pets are ways I use to healthily cope whenever I feel the urge to harm myself :)
It is so addicting because it makes you feel in control of yourself, it makes you feel something other than all the other overwhelming emotions. It's addicting because when it works once, you need it to work again and again. when it doesn't work you step it up and up until it does work.
Self harm's addictive since the pain you originally felt transferred into a different type of pain.
Self harming behaviors are highly addictive because they release the same endorphins in the brain as some drugs do. Things like dopamine and serotonin are secreted when one self harms. These hormones are someone who is self harming is actually seeking because they alleviate whatever emotional crisis the individual is undergoing. When emotional pain isn't healed it can manifest into something much more difficult to bear than a few cuts or burns. The brain's pain center takes priority over the emotional portion and for a few brief moments the emotional pain is overpowered by the physical one.
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