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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 3,907 People

    I used to. Not so long ago i was there,

    . I used to cut, i used to scratch my skin off, pull or cut parts of my hair off. It was a way to destruct myself from the emotional pain. And now i see there is no point. I can't lessen the pain, but i can make it a smaller part of who i am by branching out. And the scars will...
    MayaMoonShadow MayaMoonShadow 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    She was never in the form of perfection,

    So she became the best example of neglection //SharpieTattooSwag//
    WhatOnceWas WhatOnceWas 16-17, F 1 Response May 19

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    I have to be addicted to something.

    I stopped cutting a couple of years ago now. But since then iv been addicted to not eating then i moved to alcohol. Im over all these now (mostly) and im really happy. Then i started smoking. My girlfriend wants us to stop smoking together. And i know its a good thing to do but...
    Zashwallflower Zashwallflower 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    Have you ever loved someone

    so much but that person wasn't your boyfriend or a part of your family. You spend each day thinking about them, even if its just something as simple as their name and then by the time you've stopped thinking the day is practically over. Everyday day is the same and it just...
    wishitwouldend wishitwouldend 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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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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    Anyone else like me? I relapsed earlier this

    year and regret it. I just hope I'm not alone on this
    palant palant 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 23

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    I used to cut till I met this guy

    who made me stop he was sweet cute perfect then he cheated and I started cutting again #i know I need to stop but I'm not
    tamaraiwannaknow tamaraiwannaknow 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 26

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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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    Haven't cut since sophomore year of college (4+

    years ago), and recently the urge has been coming back. My therapist advised me that I should wear a rubber band on my wrist and snap it whenever I have an urge to do so, to kinda distract me and also as another outlet for "pain" ... I haven't tried it yet, but thought I should...
    blazeee blazeee 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 17

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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 16-17, F 7 Responses Jul 13

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    So yeah, this is a part of my life I rarely

    talk about. But hey, this is EP, so what the hell. I started cutting myself way back when I was about 11 or so. Way back before it was a "trend". I did other things to harm myself too, but cutting was my thing. Something about seeing it made me feel "alive", like I had...
    aaaagggghhhh aaaagggghhhh 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    I cant really say used to.

    Im still recovering and am only around 12-14 weeks clean. I just really wish I had someone to talk to about this stuff. That maybe recovering would be easier if I had someone to talk to when I feel the urge to harm myself in any way. The problem is that not many people actually...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 1

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    i have cut so deep i have needed stitches,

    pulled my hair till the point where i have had a huge bald patch, i have bruised till where i almost needed an X -Ray, I have smoked till i almost had an asthma attack. i started when i was 11 and i finished at 15. those years were dark, but now my life is bright. my future is...
    joceyxxxx joceyxxxx 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 15

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    Being Free Since 2006...

    There was a stage in my life where i used to self mutilate. It started in my teens, I had a lot of anger. I was living with my father who was abusive and controlling. He was very emotionally abusive. He would call me stupid, say i had no common sense. I remember getting into...
    mixieloca mixieloca 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 5, 2013

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    If you used to self-harm,

    what are the strategies you used that helped you stop?
    Kneetar04 Kneetar04 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I used to throw huge stone on my abs ( picture

    inserted-3 years ago) just to train my body to absorb the impact. Really good for tournaments, won medal but no money errr. So I quit the stone throwing for 3 years now but it still have its effect because who ever punch me, I feel nothing. Please don't punch me in the face tho...
    LoverBoyMike LoverBoyMike 18-21, M Jul 17

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    Self harmed for 4 years.

    .. Stopped about three months ago because of my wonderful boyfriend Mark. He has helped me so much and Is there for me all the time. I no longer feel the need to cry at night or to hurt myself because I have an amazing person to talk to. I only have therapy once a month now (:
    gorgeoushobo gorgeoushobo 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    SubmissiveSecrets SubmissiveSecrets 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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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 16-18, F 9 Responses Jun 18, 2007

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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 4 Responses Apr 28, 2013

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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 2 days ago

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    I'm scared I'm going to relapse

    but it's the only thing that will make me feel better
    kristinaloo kristinaloo 18-21, F 8 Responses Apr 1

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    I want to cut so bad right now.

    There's no reason to feel this way and I'm on a good clean streak, that doesn't lessen the urge though. Good thing I threw out my blade I guess.
    PrettyEyesBrokenSmile PrettyEyesBrokenSmile 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    Tsukimi Tsukimi 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 9, 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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    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 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    I used to **** myself up bad

    for over a month and a half over how I felt about myself and a petty relationship. I haven't done it for at least nine months now. but a week ago I guess you could say I relapsed. I was crying over some **** my friend said to me and it just felt right. I cant talk to anybody...
    SailorGoon SailorGoon 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 14

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    I started very young,

    with small scratches and it became progressively more severe. It was a release for the pain, frustration and fear I felt and it served a purpose at the time. I'm grateful that I found it within myself to stop for good, when I was around 19 or 20. I tried a lot of different ways...
    Chaosforthefly Chaosforthefly 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 14

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    2Years later and I still think about it.

    .. I didn't start until I was 13 and had never even heard about it my childhood was a very painful one filled with abuse and neglect as much as I tried to roll with the punches of life like everyone else I couldn't at home things were horrible and at school I was bullied so...
    Forbiddenkisses Forbiddenkisses 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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    I self harm Not a lot ok just a little it

    rarely happens I am like a week clean I don't have a lot of scars just like 4 I started last year all my scars go away I made a promise to never hurt myself again n it's hurt but I am KEEPING MY PROMISE 😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋
    Hiddenamoungus Hiddenamoungus 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 5

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    I have scars that I wish would go away.

    . I'm going to get a tattoo over them but not for 3 years.
    averylynnx averylynnx 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    Now that the scars fading I feel lost & the

    urge to cut again are getting stronger and stronger.
    JeSt0099 JeSt0099 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    I wasn't alone. I was just fighting depression.

    This girl, lets call her "Y" told me that cutting was the key to everything. I was confused because she used to be my bes friend. Then, she starting bullying me and all and I started cutting. I felt alone and I only had my friend "M" and "J" the were by me 24/7 and still are.
    luv4ever24 luv4ever24 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 29

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    You know why people cut?

    Because it's a distraction. For one moment you don't feel all the pain, the loss, the hurt. All you feel is that razor going into your skin. The blood dripping down your arm, leg, stomach. You don't think about the way people talk about how you feel about yourself and about how...
    EmberWazowski EmberWazowski 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 3

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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

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    unidentiffied unidentiffied 13-15, F 1 Response May 2

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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 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 19

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    USED to is the key word here

    and it was a one time thing in a time of desperation. We lost our child and I think the emotions overcame me. I was looking into the mirror and thinking how much I hated life myself everything and my fist just went there the mirror I don't know what came over me.... but one...
    Chicgeekgal Chicgeekgal 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 28

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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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    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

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    my advice to everyone- the best thing you can do

    for yourself is never start. I'm 14 and i struggled with self harm for a year, i'll admit i loved it. the blood running down my legs, the sting of the peroxide when i cleaned them the bubbling the blade between my fingers, all of it. i had been clean for 2 months when i cracked...
    SamTornado SamTornado 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    I used to cut quite frequently.

    now I've moved on to Advil Cold & Flu pills. sigh, I guess we're all addicted to something that takes the pain away.
    KellySweetzz KellySweetzz 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I haven't in a month

    or two but idk these days it just seems to be getting harder and harder
    ImAWorkInProgress ImAWorkInProgress 16-17, F Jul 22

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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

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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 out of it, but I was already self harming for a year when I realized there were other ways of getting attention. Then I couldn't...
    zennarts zennarts 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Yes this is something i suffered with

    for a few years of my life going through difficult times but i am thankful to say i have recovered from it and put it in the past. I didn't go to anything like going to therapy and my parents barely knew i suffered and mostly i wouldn't of gotten through it if i didn't have...
    oxzymoron oxzymoron 18-21, M 2 days 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

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    I have I was stuck in a hole

    where I felt like that was the only way out it didn't work for me but it did help me release some stress but now and then when I look at my scars I hate them but sometimes I want more... The last time I had cut was 1 year ago on my birthday but sadly the last time I burned...
    randelynisdead randelynisdead 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 29

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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

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    It's Only A Matter Of Time.

    I have the urge to cut again. It's almost been two years since I last cut. I just recently threw away all my razors too. But..things have been hard lately. I've been thinking about it a lot and I feel like I need to. My promises to myself and my others are the only thing...
    Thewastedyouth16 Thewastedyouth16 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 13, 2012

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    lindsaypaige96 lindsaypaige96 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 31

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    I have been clean almost two years now,

    but it still amazes me how no one ever found out
    livelikelibby livelikelibby 18-21, F Jul 26

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    It's getting harder and harder to not self harm

    it's been like 10 weeks ( I don't know ) but these past two weeks have pushed me to the edge, though obviously part of me wants to cut I also don't wantto go back to that sort of a life :/
    p5ych0k1d97 p5ych0k1d97 16-17, M Jul 20

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