I Scratch 'til I Bleed

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    Mosquito Bites

    No matter what people say, I always scratch my mozzie bites until it bleeds.
    rennie23 rennie23
    26-30, M
    Nov 23, 2013

    I Will See Blood Eventually

    I do not bleed. I burn for hours, I make sure of it. I started clawing at my scalp and face at a young age. It was never a big problem, but I have flashbacks of it now. Family room, sitting in a corner between our couch and shelf, knees pulled up to my chest, hands clawing at my...
    dthwtchbeetle dthwtchbeetle
    18-21, F
    Jul 22, 2012

    When I was around nine,

    I started scratching myself in my sleep to the point where I'd wake up with fresh scratches everyday. I guess I drew the line today when I noticed this really long scratch on my arm. I don't know what to do to prevent myself from scratching myself in my sleep.
    cottonqueen12 cottonqueen12
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2014

    My Baby...

    My Daughter is 7 years old and have ADHD, she has began to scatch the freckles on her arms until it bleeds. As a former self harmer (Cutter) I know you can't help unless they want the help but this is my baby and I don't want her to be covered in scars for the rest of her days...
    talenacaro talenacaro
    Sep 15, 2012

    And It Feels So Good At the Time

    My skin is sensitive.  I get itchy from dry skin, scratchy clothes, anything can set off an itch attack.  When I start scratching it just feels so good to get at the itch I don't even realize I'm bleeding til I stop.  I look down to see blood under my nails &...
    darlene darlene
    41-45, F
    Apr 22, 2008

    My Claws

    I have a bad habit of scratching til I bleed. I guess I don't realize how sharp my nails really are. They could do some real damage. I remember one time I had a bad reaction to a medication, it made me itch extremely bad all over my body. It drove me insane I stayed up all night...
    howsab howsab
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jun 28, 2011

    I Used To... A Lot.

    Sometimes it was on purpose, sometimes I just, did it. It was easier than cutting, because when I cut I had to pick up the knife and put it to my wrist or thighs or wherever I could that no one could see. Whereas I could be anywhere and scratch my palm or wrist or arm and it...
    123IMissYou321 123IMissYou321
    16-17, F
    1 Response Aug 22, 2013

    I started scratching

    as another way to self harm after my mother would hide all the knives and scissors from me Now I do it because of not only self harm but also because I have done it for a while and it's become an addiction... Some of my scars have become permanent and clearly show on my arms...
    yourxworstxblessing yourxworstxblessing
    13-15, F
    May 14, 2015

    I Know About Itching

    A while ago I started to get an itchy scrotum.I did not have burning urine,genital rashes,discharges or ejaculatory symptoms .I let this go because I have no history that could cause an std.Later the itching has become more generalized with intermittent outbreaks of hives and...
    gityergameon gityergameon
    41-45, M
    Oct 4, 2010

    Beast Splatered In Red Held In Chains

    I have all ways never bene able to be the real me. I have all eays bene forced in to girly clothing and being a wuss. But on the in side im an emo/punk girl. Im only 15 the scratching started when i was five it went away for years but last night i woak up and i was raking my...
    cuttingkitty cuttingkitty
    18-21, F
    Nov 12, 2012

    There May Be An Answer

    I also scratch until there is nothing but blood. I have done it for a long time. Initially thought it was due to my severe allergies. It was, partially. But for some of us, it is a whole other issue. Its called Dermatillomania. I didnt know there was a actual term for it until...
    KarmaKatcher KarmaKatcher
    31-35, F
    Apr 10, 2008

    Maybe I'm Crazy...

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I do scratch 'til I bleed sometimes. It doesn't actually hurt until I stop, but while I scratch, it feels SO good. Almost like ************... I know how that sounds, but I don't care. I'm trying to figure out a way to stop doing it, but whenever I start...
    anthychan anthychan
    8 Responses Dec 26, 2007


    Depression isn't the right word in my opinion. But when I lose control, I guess I just use what's available and next thing I know...yeah
    Kathr33n Kathr33n
    18-21, F
    Jun 20, 2013

    In Twenty Minutes Or Less.

    I have eczema and I'm extremely allergic to something in the air, that'd the only logical conclusion. I began to get really itchy so I took a shower. While I was in the shower, I as looking at the scars and dried blood all over my body. They hurt when the water hit them. I began...
    sonoflopez sonoflopez
    13-15, M
    1 Response May 12, 2013

    Itchy Scalp

    The other night my head started itching so I started to scratch. Then I scratched some more then a little more then a little more. Seemed like the more I scratched the worse the itch became. So I began to scratch harder and harder each time. After a while of doing this I happen...
    HurricaneLeia HurricaneLeia
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Sep 14, 2009


    I used to scratch my arm up with steak knives. I'd scratch until it felt raw, or started to bleed. It was my horrible coping mechanism. The pain would keep me distracted from my anxiety for a while. I liked the way it kept hurting, and how the sting would linger for a while...
    paperalias paperalias
    22-25, F
    Apr 7, 2008


    Okay I have horrible eczema. It itches of course. Not just a normal itch though. It itches so bad 'till it hurts so I have to scratch and when I start I can't stop until I bleed. First off I have very thin skin because of the ointments I use (it has steroids which thinning the...
    Liyah101 Liyah101
    22-25, F
    May 10, 2011

    It Feels So Good!!!

    The urge comes when I'm laying in bed My skin calls out to me, I know what it wants I begin to rub my thigh and drag my nails against my skin I close my eyes and begin to scratch Gosh it feels so good I scratch harder and faster Digging my nails in deeper and deeper It feels so...
    BambiPie BambiPie
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 14, 2011

    The year I changed schools was a year my life

    changed drastically. Not that my old friends weren't changing either, but I smoked for the first time sometime in September and became slightly less prudish and much more reckless. Though the changes aren't highly drastic, it's taken a toll on my emotions. Family problems grew...
    burntupinside burntupinside
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2014

    Why Do I Do It

    at night when my mom is asleep I dig deep into my skin with my nails that I filed to point and I scratch until it bleeds after that I do it even more until I cry myself to sleep. I don't know why I do it
    cats8815 cats8815
    16-17, F
    1 Response Sep 23, 2013

    I Do...

    I am someone who scratches my arms till i bleed. I do that as a from of self injury. I crave the blood more than anything. Most people crave food, not me, I crave blood. I have always been like that, and I have a feeling I always will. BroknWings
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 31, 2009

    Bloody Mess

    I had a few hormonal problems one time. My hormones were so screwed up that it felt like my whole body was being bitten by a million mosquitos. It itched everywhere. It won't stop. I tried every itch cream known to man. The itch would not stop. I scratched all day and it even...
    HurricaneLeia HurricaneLeia
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 9, 2008

    Holes In My Arm

    It started during the end of my freshman year in high school. I had panic attacks often and during one i scratched my left bicep into the tissue. No idea why. Then i thought of all the stress and realized that all of this was because of my past. I had a verbally abusive...
    juliaadams111 juliaadams111
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 16, 2013

    Depends On the Type of Skin

    I have very soft but relatively thin skin.. easily scratched.. then it bleeds.. I'm never scab or blemish free.. I've used lotions in the past up till now and it worked to stop me from scratching absent mindedly.
    amejad amejad
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 20, 2009

    Scarlet Red Against A Backdrop Of White

    It's absolutely beautiful, the stark contrast of red against white. I have bouts of eczema for 3 years now, and even when my skin doesn't flare up, I still find myself scratching at my leg. I can't help it- the feeling is amazing. Even if I don't have an itch, I'll scratch at my...
    conflictedx3 conflictedx3
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 6, 2011

    My Poor Head..

    I have a dry scalp thanks to celiac (my grandpa has the same problem) and often when I'm done scratching my head I'll see a little blood under my fingernails and, upon touching that spot, I'll feel a little.  Then it solidifies and my head starts itching!  It's so...
    axelval axelval
    18-21, T
    Dec 3, 2008

    May I Ask A Question?

    What exactly causes you to scratch til your bleed? is it just a desire to bleed, or is there ever an itch or a burning that leads you to scratch?
    kam60 kam60
    2 Responses Dec 13, 2011
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