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I Used to Self Harm

Pretty self-explanatory - a group for those who no longer self harm and wish to share their experiences 4,426 People

    It took me a while to get over it.

    .. I still do it every once in a while now.... But I'm getting close to full recovery..... I hope
    skysalterego skysalterego 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    i'm happy to say that its been a month

    since i've cut myself. i'm proud of my self for stopping, and i'm happy that i have some incredible friends who care about me :)
    shawny97 shawny97 16-17, M 3 Responses Feb 9, 2014

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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 divorce, I lost my best friend to cancer & I was going through a rough time at school. The only way I knew how to deal with it was to turn back...
    CemoneDC CemoneDC 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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    I'm almost 3 months clean

    and I couldn't have made it this far had I not met one special person on here. I made a promise to her that I'd never do it again. I recently threw out my blade. I feel so accomplished. I'm actually beating this. And she has no idea how grateful I am to have her in my life. I...
    Protonyx Protonyx 16-17, M Feb 21

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    I used to self harm.

    since I was 12? I'm 15 now and I don't do it anymore, just having the thought of if sometimes.
    txintedx txintedx 13-15, F May 10

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    I used to cut myself

    but now I don`t. I used to be sad but now i`m not I used to want to die but now I don`t I used to think my life couldn`t get any worse and it did but Life does get better, I promise. I would love to hear what you guys think
    loveryley15 loveryley15 13-15 1 Response Mar 9

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    It was easier to start

    than to stop, that much is true. I still sometimes find comfort in knowing that someday, I will die. We all will. No one will be forced to cope with this wicked world forever. But there is joy to be found! There is something to smile about, no matter how simple. I once saw a...
    FoolOfATook FoolOfATook 16-17 a week ago

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    I'm 56 days clean today,

    this is the longest I've ever been clean since I started, hoping to make it to 2 months
    anoninrecovery anoninrecovery 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 24

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    unidentiffied unidentiffied 16-17, F 1 Response May 2, 2014

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    Hi I'm new here. This is a pretty personal post

    as a first story, but I feel like I can just let it all out on a community whom I am a stranger to. Basically, I used to self harm. It wasn't like one of those things where you do it for attention, or do it for fun. I needed it. I was depressed. I felt like my world had turned...
    DieWithYourMaskOn DieWithYourMaskOn 13-15, M 3 Responses Sep 8, 2014

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    I just want to let all the people

    who say self harming is "dumb" and "pointless", know that they are very ignorant about the situation and they should just shut up. I used to self harm. I didn't do it for attention. I did it for release. If things fort way too overwhelming, I cut. That was my way of coping. So...
    Roadtorecovery31997 Roadtorecovery31997 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2014

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    September will mark a year without any

    self-harm. No scratching, no cutting, no eraser burns, no biting, no hitting, no hair pulling. No form of self-harm whatsoever (other than cigarettes, but I've gone eleven days now and it's only getting easier). Here lately, though, I've had a lot going on in my life. I also...
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 1 Response a week ago

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    For many years I've used self destructive

    behavior to cope with daily life.
    azigzaggylyss azigzaggylyss 18-21, F Dec 19, 2013

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    I've done it again...

    tonight. I couldn't help myself, my councillor nashed off somewhere and today has been awful. Bullies at school have been touching me and throwing things off me and touch info my stuff, my brother is being horrible and my dad isn't understanding or lettin me talk, for everytime...
    thedimone thedimone 13-15, F 1 Response May 12

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    Earlier today I went to a store

    and I was wearing a tee shirt. I just started wearing tee shirts about two weeks ago but I always used to wear long sleeve shirts or sweaters because of my cuts on my arms. Today was the first time in years that I wore shorts. I always used to wear long pants because of my cuts...
    cristina44 cristina44 22-25, F 2 Responses May 24, 2014

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    For all the suicidal

    and self harming people out there. Stay strong please stay strong, life is full of ups and downs so some day life will give you all an up and you all will be happy. I'd love to promise you life is going to get easier and stay easy but I can't promise that cause then I'd just be...
    demonswithin demonswithin 18-21, M Mar 26

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    This Fall will be 30 Years

    since I started pulling my hair on top and yes I do still do it! it is a way I deal with stress.
    Nebmom2 Nebmom2 41-45, F a week ago

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    I used to cut a lot in my high school years.

    One time it was so bad I had to wear gauze and duct tape, it bled for 3 days, I was very lucky it healed without having to tell my mother. I have many leg scars and some wrist and arm scars.. They are somewhat faded but the deeper ones and the ones i had in sections are there...
    XsOfTheSoul XsOfTheSoul 18-21, F Mar 12

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    I Didn'T Know How To Deal With It..

    When I was 16, on May 2011, I was abducted by 3 guys and they sold me around, used me and abused me, and just left me like I was nothing. I didn't know what to do, I made people think I was okay, I always smiled and laughed at their jokes, my family didn't even know til my dad...
    itsjustbrit itsjustbrit 18-21, F 5 Responses May 22, 2013

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    I have Bipolar disorder

    and I used to cut and burn myself to cope with my depression and erratic mood swings. I used to carry a cigarette lighter around everywhere and carried and empty cigarette carton. Everyone just assumed I smoked, even my parents when they found it. No one knew that I hid my...
    ThatAwkwardGuy ThatAwkwardGuy 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 19, 2014

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    Just last year I had a really bad depression

    where I ended up self harming... & the depression is starting again . But this time I promised myself that I won't self harm. I will regret the scars that I've done to myself because I was stupid to do it. If you self harm , trust things will get better , & if you start...
    Davidthree Davidthree 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 29

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    I haven't hurt myself in 3 months

    but my scars haven't gone away. Some are so deep that they are still red and healing. I haven't wore short sleeves or shorts in a long time and it's scary to think it will all be exposed but what can I do ? It's going to be 83 and I'm not wearing a sweater and jeans .
    maggieluvsme maggieluvsme 16-17, F 1 Response May 7

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    If you're reading this

    and you self harm .. Just know you're put here for a reason . I've been thru some bad stuff (haven't we all?) and I used to struggle with self harm . Looking back on it now I regret it so much !!! Please don't put yourself thru that because you're beautiful . And everything is...
    noell123 noell123 16-17, F 1 Response May 24, 2014

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    I'm honestly tired of people glorifying self

    harm. I'm done and I need a good rant. Depression is NOT fun, it's NOT a choice, and more importantly self harm is NOT beautiful. It's not fun to feel so horrible and hurt, and just beat down on the inside that you feel the need to hurt yourself on the outside. Self harm, is an...
    Whathi Whathi 16-17, F 7 Responses Feb 28

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    I've burned myself with a lighter

    because I felt so numb inside. It made me realize I didn't even feel pain in that moment.
    katiekiller9733 katiekiller9733 18-21, F 1 Response May 5

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    I'm hearing voices telling to me to get the

    sharpest knife and cut myself it's so loud must resist voices
    SpiritOfOrpheus SpiritOfOrpheus 13-15, M 3 Responses Feb 25

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    Tsukimi Tsukimi 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 9, 2013

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    My Story

    I sort of wanted to put this story on here somewhere, as a reminder of the person I was and the horrible things I did ._. My story never began with a bad family because I had the most amazing family, but they never knew the sadness I felt. It started when I was 12 years old and...
    The2ndLaw The2ndLaw 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 28, 2013

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    "Your arm." My father noticed over dinner.

    "What happened?" I was about 12 and had had a rough day so I sort of took the thumbtack holding a poster on my bedroom and stabbed my right arm(I'm left handed) as well as dragging cuts into my arm. Now I kept that arm in my lap and pretended it didn't ache. I also pretended not...
    sagate sagate 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 16, 2014

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    i almost relapsed today

    after over a year
    spacey0angela spacey0angela 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 25

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    Here's to the boys. The ones

    who self harm, the ones who have eating disorders, the ones who suffer from depression, anxiety. Your perfect prince or princess will come along soon. Boys suffer too, why does everyone forget that?
    JamieLongfield JamieLongfield 13-15, F 2 Responses May 30, 2014

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    The song 'F***ing Perfect' by P!

    nk is an amazing song but it is not one I listen to often. I just watched the music video for the first time in forever and I'm in tears. For my own reasons. I cry for the person that I lost three years ago. That person was the real me, and I lost her. I cry for the lost year of...
    natalya4pg natalya4pg 13-15, F Mar 29

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    I still have my scars,

    and I get tempted every once in a while, but I'm about a month clean and I don't plan to ever return to my old habits. seeing the marks on my wrist just reminded me how sad I was and I don't need that kind of negativity in my life. I hope that everyone who cuts finds an...
    Kensie13 Kensie13 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 24, 2014

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    Yes. and l`m so clean in this year.

    .. gosh... someone please hug me i don't need any advices or words i don't need someone to fix me 'cos i'm not broken you just don't know real me..
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 2

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    mckena7 mckena7 13-15, F Mar 9

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    I am one year without relapse today!

    I almost didn't even notice it till just now. This is so exciting for me. I managed to change my whole life around, around from the anxiety & depression. I haven't picked up a blade in so long.. It makes me so proud to look down at my faded thigh marks. I just have a few more...
    jaasmine jaasmine 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 13, 2014

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    Clean since summer 2013.

    I still struggle, but I have discovered a few ways to distract myself from the thought of it.
    jeednorrozec jeednorrozec 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    Ok so this topic is kind of upsetting

    but I feel like a need to talk about it. When I was younger I used to self harm. The reason was I was being terribly bullied. I never fit into school. I was the geeky, unpopular guy that was made fun of and laughed at. I could live with that. It was just teasing. But as I got...
    crazyguy101 crazyguy101 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 6, 2014

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    RedMarcher RedMarcher 18-21, M 7 Responses Feb 18

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    I used to self harm, sometimes I still have

    urges. It's not something to joke about, it's a serious thing. If anyone self harms just know, that I love you, and you are a strong person.
    evansmarieanna evansmarieanna 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    600 Days Cut Free.

    At the age of 16, I began to self harm. This was about 6 months after I started feeling suicidal. I continued cutting for a little over a year, and tried to give up many times. My parents kicked up a big stink, and there were a lot of problems. However, October 18th 2005 was the...
    kiltedmonkey kiltedmonkey 16-17, F 9 Responses Jun 18, 2007

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    Every Scar I Have Makes Me Who Iam :)

    So I am 21 years old and finally I think it's time for me to share my story and hopefully I can help you young ones to seek help.... The word seek help can be very scary because you don't want to tell people as you feel judge and maybe the person will tell people that you don't...
    whatdoesntkillumakesustronger whatdoesntkillumakesustronger 22-25, F 1 Response May 8, 2013

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    Self Harm: The Sad Truth

    alot of people dont understand it, most choose not to. but believe it or not, 1 in 10 of us do/have/will self harm, and thats the sad truth. The majority of people who self harm are young girls aged 13-17. Most of them suffer in silence. I am one of them, when we feel scared...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Oct 29, 2012

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    today my son saw the horrific scars on my legs

    and put his hand on my leg and said "its ok mummy" I looked up at him and he just smiled his little 3 year old smile and then said "i love you mummy" and those 6 words just made my day, I've not self harmed in 4 years, but yes sometimes I feel really low and look at a blade or a...
    leahlovesyou leahlovesyou 22-25, F Jan 4

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    There was a group of people I went to school

    with that self harmed. I thought it would help me fit in. Imagine my surprise when it became my life raft. It's been about 2 years since I put the razor down. And every day it's a struggle especially since where I'm from people hold self harmers in low regard and often make...
    Euzy07 Euzy07 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 21

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    I've never really said it

    but I now I think about it, it might be helpful. Until last year I used to cut. A broken piece of pen was my sharpie but I would do it everywhere and I'd hide it, I'd pretend it was car scratchy or eczema and I'd be forever fearful of taking my jacket off. I had many reasons...
    thedimone thedimone 13-15, F Feb 25

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