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I Am Going to Stop Self Harming

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    I've been cutting for over five years now.  I've tried to stop several times, but I've never made it anywhere with it.  I really wish I could stop, but I just haven't made it to that point yet.  I hope that one day I will be able to stop.  Right now...
    udontno udontno 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 8, 2009

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    So today, I'm giving up my blades.

    I'm going to my friends house for a cut check, and I'm giving them to him for good. No more taking apart pencil sharpeners, just no blades in general. It is the official day that I'm giving all of this up.
    EmoSakurachan EmoSakurachan 16-17 2 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    I just threw my blades away.

    I already want to get them out again but I am finally determined to actually stop.
    anon1995 anon1995 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    Every Time I Think I Have Beaten This..

    I'm currently a 22-year-old student. I have been struggling with self-harm ever since I can remember, with my most vivid memory at about 8-10 years old when I ripped out my non-loose baby tooth in order for my mom (who has some issues of her own) to stop being...
    jumpfish jumpfish 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2009

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    Being Scared Can Make You Change Your Mind About Anything

    My boyfriend and I had just finished smoking and the lighter was still hot. He has really calloused feet so he pressed it on his foot as sort of an experiment thing, because he's just like that. He said he couldn't feel anything and was all amused, and I told him not to do that...
    cococrazy cococrazy 16-17, F Jul 27, 2013

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    HI!

    I started this group because i wanted to add it as a goal. I hope others out there who suffer this problem and want to do something about it will add it to their goals too, and remember this group is here for everyone to help and support each other so don't be afraid to add...
    loobiesa loobiesa 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 20, 2007

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    3 days without cutting!

    - still can't bring myself to throw the blades out but this is a start. I'm taking it each day at a time but my aim is to give up for lent and then by then I won't need to do it any more. I have stopped before but I relapsed after a month, this time I hope I can stop...
    anon1995 anon1995 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    I Keep Trying

    I keep trying to stop harming myself and i did for 3 yrs but then my boyfriend of 5 yrs left me and my 1 yr old. its been 2 weeks and i just am so depressed. I am trying to be strong for him but it is so hard. I guess because i have these moments when i cant see past the...
    prettybutterfly4521 prettybutterfly4521 26-30 3 Responses Nov 10, 2008

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    Even with all of this stuff involving my friend

    leaving me when I needed her the most, my ex trying to get me to come back to him, and family troubles. I have managed to go a week without cutting. And I think that is a pretty awesome :) so as I'm writing this I'm collecting all of my blades and throwing them out I feel sad...
    teenagegirl1 teenagegirl1 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    Two Things....

    One yes, I plan on stop harming myself. When I am strong enough to deal with life, without having to turn to self injury, than I won't have to turn to hurting myself. Another thing, can the founder of this group, please change the group logo, it is way to triggering, and I ...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 23, 2009

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    Breaking The Habit

    I am finally trying hard to quit cutting and brusing myself. The cutting is the biggest issue of the two, but I should not be bruising myself either. I have been cutting myself for three years now and bruising for one year. I have recognized for a little while now that I need to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 4, 2012

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    I Will Stop This Time

    Its been almost a week (i think) since I last scratched/cut although since then I have been hitting my arms, hands, legs and head against walls and corners (tables, doors, cuboards). so does that count as SH? Before I tried to stop the first time I didnt see what I do...
    pine90apple pine90apple 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 26, 2009

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    It's been a week since I last cut myself!

    !! I have had a very hard time with this and always have to have something in my hand to keep me from cutting. I hope I can go longer without cutting :)
    teenagegirl1 teenagegirl1 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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    Almost There. :)

    I am almost ready to finally throw away my glass shards. I am close to the point to where I can completely break the addiction and go without feeling the need to cut. I am so thankful for EP. Here, I finally could release my issues and move on. I am such a strong person now. Yes...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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    The Butterfly Project

    Ive been determined to stop self harming for years and every time it beats me But this time I've found a better method that either could work or could fail dramatically I'm doing this not only for myself, but for my friends because they hate seeing me do this to myself and I...
    ImOkayNow ImOkayNow 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2011

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    Depression.

    We all have those low times in our lives that make us want to give up. We realize we just don't want to live in this world anymore, what's there left for me here? Most our my generation has lost hope, has sunk into depression with no escape. So many of us have committed suicide...
    Arriesrose Arriesrose 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 7, 2013

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    Trying My Hardest

    i started self harming a few years ago, just small cuts and scratches on my arm here and there, but then i got into the habit of cutting more often and deeper.. one person made me realize how bad it really is and how important it is for me to stop for it was getting worse.. so i...
    CountYourBlessings CountYourBlessings 16-17, F Aug 15, 2008

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    Oh Dear...

    I've just gotten out of almost a year of treatment but I'm still cutting...I lied and said that I'd stopped. If someone finds out that I'm still self harmng I'll be in tons of trouble...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Oct 27, 2008

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    So I plan on stopping

    for good now. I don't know how well this will work because I've tried it before, and it didn't work well since it only lasted not even 6 months. But I asked my friend if he would help me stop, because he's told me that I'm better than this and it's nothing but a terrible...
    EmoSakurachan EmoSakurachan 16-17 2 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    Not Self-harming In the Traditional Sense...

    I'm not sure if this qualifies as its somewhat different than cutting or burning.  I often find ways to hurt myself just doing every day things, I have 'accidents'.  I just accidentally stuck my arm in the propane torch, accidentally ran on the treadmill until I...
    FranzJosef FranzJosef 26-30, M Nov 6, 2007

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    Hurts

    i have been self mutilating for quite some time now. sometime i burn, but i mostly cut.i cant wear short sleeves/sleveless things cos my left arm is full of scars that never will heal. i found out that i have a skin condiotion ca;lled keloid, meaning my scars wil never heal...
    TeeVee TeeVee 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    I wanna try and stop self harming myself. But it's so hard doing it. All I need help and finding people who actually care about me.
    CuttingIsMyBestFriend CuttingIsMyBestFriend 18-21, F Sep 1

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    Everytime I try to stop the voices and thoughts tell me I need to cut.. I want to stop but after 2 almost 3 years of cutting I can't.. Longest I have been clean is 6 days
    Muppo23 Muppo23 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm disappointed by how broken of a person I am. I have so many scars. I hide them all by bracelets and no one has any idea. I want to stop and I know it would break my moms heart...
    milesfromsaftey milesfromsaftey 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    I haven't been cutting since 12 which was 5 years ago. Recently negative thoughts just keeps coming and I started cutting. And now I can't stop, it's even worst than 5 years ago. I...
    Verasayshi Verasayshi 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    School and bullying need to stop.. I got stronger over the summer but I finally lost it tonight.. My legs are covered in cuts and I don't know what to do 😭 I really wanted to...
    Muppo23 Muppo23 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm so stressed. It's just too much.
    99jasi 99jasi 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I wanna try and stop self harming myself. But it's so hard doing it. All I need help and finding people who actually care about me.
    CuttingIsMyBestFriend CuttingIsMyBestFriend 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    I wanna try and stop self harming myself. But it's so hard doing it. All I need help and finding people who actually care about me.
    CuttingIsMyBestFriend CuttingIsMyBestFriend 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    Stopped self harming for this girl I liked...turned out she didn't like me back :( ever have that one crush that you just felt something with? Ya..it was like that
    suicideDepression suicideDepression 13-15, M 1 Response Sep 3

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    If you cut or use to, please read this. I'm doing a survey for future understanding of self harm as I may become a therapist. I understand that a lot of people don't like talking...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 9 Responses Aug 18

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    Ok, some people believe self harm is only cutting yourself. But let me tell you self harm can be done in so many more ways. I've always had an issue with anger, and a big one at...
    Redmaynes Redmaynes 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 20

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    I used self harm for attention, and then it soon became more like an addiction so I started keeping it to myself. I now have stopped and Im almost a year clean :) I'm so glad I got...
    zennarts zennarts 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    Cutting is one of the most misunderstood human behaviors. And like any addiction, cutting is an extremely difficult thing to stop. We can become addicted to the chemicals that our...
    findmeholdmeloveme findmeholdmeloveme 18-21 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm not proud of it. I started self harming when I was 14 years old. I didn't hurt myself, and it wasn't very often. It started getting really bad while I was 15, my parents had a...
    CemoneDC CemoneDC 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 26

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    My parents check my wrists from time to time, so I can't cut there :( I want to so bad, I think it would feel loads better than cutting my thighs. Today I did a large burn, right...
    HorizonHeart HorizonHeart 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    I had wrote about this earlier this morning then deleted it... when I self harm which isn't alot I usually burn myself on my right arm. So I burned myself with a lighter a couple...
    becarae becarae 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 29

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    I'm addicted to self harming, I just feel so worthless, ugly and insecure. I can just never see my self as beautiful, or someone who has a good personality. everyone just know me...
    averageme1 averageme1 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 28

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    I have always been bad around knives and sharp objects like broken glass, and it's gotten beyond a joke. Every day I fantasise about self-harming, thinking about the pain it will...
    Rowenya Rowenya 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    I suffered from depression 3 years ago now. I can't describe how horrible the pain was. I found myself self harming constantly but not purposely. I done it subconsciously by the...
    LiveLongerIfYouLaugh LiveLongerIfYouLaugh 26-30, F Aug 30

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    I'm self harming really bad, and my mom just saw a pile of blood on the floor, that I haven't noticed when I did it last time. please, I need some excuses to tell her
    averageme1 averageme1 16-17, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I honestly don't really know if it's official or not, and I don't want to go to a doctor. I think I'm fine managing by myself. I started to have bad anxiety/depression since last...
    AwfullyRad AwfullyRad 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I really wish I had the attention span to give a full explanation. I haven't regularly harmed myself since high school. It's been 13 years since then. I wish I would have gotten...
    piprimate piprimate 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    I have been with my husband going on 3 years now and married 2 years, we have been through a lot and some things I couldnt let go.. Long story short a few days ago he choked me in...
    kadkaloma3 kadkaloma3 26-30, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I was hopeing to take my bracelets off tomorrow but looks like thats not going to happen.
    battlescars2012 battlescars2012 13-15, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Been seeing a lot of people who love selfies. Guess what? I ******* hate them. lool. I am repulsed by people who take them regularly also.
    herewegothen herewegothen 18-21, M 13 hrs ago

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    I've been doing it on and off since I was 14. I'm 22. No one knew for the longest time. My mom found out when I was 14, and it was the worst thing I could have ever imagined. I...
    tangledx22 tangledx22 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 9

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    The first time i cut my self I was 12 years old. My mother had just had one of her best "motherly moments" of my childhood. She shoved me against the sharp counter leaving a long...
    mst529 mst529 13-15, F 4 Responses Sep 3

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    I don't really trust anybody........ I've been called fat so many times and I believe it. I've been called a ***** so many times, that's why I'm going to just stop talking. I've...
    CatWithScars CatWithScars 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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