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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 4,940 People

    I'm trying really hard to stop

    for someone I really love and its hard but so far I'm clean. I may relapse like I have many times before but this time I'm really trying.
    BeautifulChaos512 BeautifulChaos512 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 16, 2015

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    Used to has turned into "currently self-harm".

    I relapsed 3 months ago on my birthday, depressed about my birthday. Done it twice since then. Thinking of buying some razors instead of using the old pair of scissors I have. I like to see a lot of blood, but I don't like cleaning it up and healing afterwards. It's a coping...
    Iscarpia87 Iscarpia87 26-30, M 19 hrs ago

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    I'm officially 14 days clean today.

    Although two weeks isn't too long, it's a huge improvement. I'm really, really proud of myself, because these past couple of weeks have been tempting. My biggest issue is my scars. They'll be there forever, but they'll somewhat fade. I've learned to accept them, I'm...
    deleted deleted 26-30 13 Responses Sep 19, 2015

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    How do you stop please

    because I can't xc
    icantstandme icantstandme 13-15, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    So today I was getting my blood drawn

    and the lady doing it saw my old scars. She said, "It's a good thing those are scars, you better not be doing that anymore." I told her I wasn't and that it's been 10 months. She was so happy for me and she gave me candy. The world needs more people like her.
    PaigeLawley PaigeLawley 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    Tsukimi Tsukimi 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 9, 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, 2014

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    yo okay I'm almost a year clean

    and I'm so freaking rwmoted to just throw that away and cut again ahahahah help me
    anakinskenobis anakinskenobis 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 18-21, M Feb 21, 2015

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    I used to. I used to think about death

    and I used to never smile. I used to be in a very very very dark place. Whether it's a month or a year or of you're me 4 years ... it's all great. Finding other ways to not hurt yourself whether it's just physical harm or even mental pain finding another route is amazing...
    laurenzerbe laurenzerbe 16-17, F Sep 20, 2015

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    My idea of self harm was a Big Mac,

    donuts, hot Cheetos, and Pepsi
    RiotGrrrll RiotGrrrll 22-25, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    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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    I am currently 232 days self harm free

    which is the longest amount of time I've went without injuring myself in 8 year.
    Bitchnney Bitchnney 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 30, 2015

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    I'm six months clean

    and although cutting is always at the back of my mind, I'm confident I won't relapse.
    thegirlonfiyaa thegirlonfiyaa 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 26, 2015

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    i never really physically self harmed myself.

    it was mainly emotionally. there were times when i would publicly humiliate myself on purpose. every time i felt depressed , i would draw negative attention to myself. i would go to school looking like a clown pretty much. i had on so much makeup of different colors that didn't...
    HeySafaaJust HeySafaaJust 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I was 2 months clean,

    but my best friend in the world started cutting again and it makes me sad to just see that someone I care about is cutting themselves
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 25

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    I stopped self harming cause I didn't think my

    crush would like me anymore if I made more cuts so I stopped and when ever I think of doing it I hold their sweatshirt and cry it sounds pathetic but it helps
    EminemSavedMe EminemSavedMe 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    Last year when I split up from my boyfriend,

    he left me in such a bad way and I was broken.. I was a different person to what I am now. I was weak back then and he broke me... I couldn't go out, eat or sleep.. I saw the blade one day and thought maybe just maybe that'll make the pain go away.. I'm left with a massive scar...
    Victoriaa95 Victoriaa95 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 2, 2015

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    I know that I've already said my story,

    but I felt that I needed to briefly talk about this again, being that there are many people on here mentioning that they're currently and purposely harming themselves. I'll tell you why I quit. I quit because it wasn't doing anything for me. Sure, I felt a little better after...
    Dereth Dereth 26-30, M Jan 10

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    I haven't cut in a little over a month.

    I would cut so much that even my friends got worried about me. It got out of control in just a month. The first time I cut I said it was a '1 time thing'. That became a daily thing really fast. It's almost like I got addicted to it. I'm here to say that if you haven't cut yet...
    Chloe813 Chloe813 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    RedMarcher RedMarcher 18-21, M 7 Responses Feb 18, 2015

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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, 2015

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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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    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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    Burn, Cut, Choke, Mentally harming myself

    and I had enough lucky I stopped doing that but it was like a relief for me but now I'm worrying about trying to figure out how to be spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally positive and healthy for myself.
    tangie00 tangie00 18-21, F Jan 9

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    lizc99 lizc99 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 22, 2015

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    I wish I didn't care sometimes.

    ..I really do. There'd be less pain in my world if I simply stopped caring. But to live a life filled with apathy comes the lack of feeling love and connecting with others that have the incredible ability to breathe life into you with a simple smile. The world lost another...
    MsJessicaRabbit MsJessicaRabbit 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 30, 2015

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    I thought I had stopped

    for good. It had been a year but then last week I cracked. Honestly the worst thing about this is I didn't have a real reason to do it.
    JaneRezubian JaneRezubian 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    I don't know if I'm quite at the point

    where I can say "used to" yet, but I think I'm going to get there. I am a recovering Self-harmer. I haven't cut in almost 4 1/2 months. I was really bad at one point, bad to the point I was cutting every day. I did it at school, at my friend's house, at my Aunt's house...
    KOOLKAT446 KOOLKAT446 13-15, T 3 Responses Sep 12, 2015

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    I've started up again,

    I only did it again tonight as a one off because I'd had a really bad day...but then someone saw. Now they've told adults who've told my parents and everything's getting worse. I really want to do more but I can't because then they will know but there aren't any other ways to...
    Randompi Randompi 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm six months clean(:

    even though I'm still tempted to almost everyday, I'm proud I've made it these few months
    toxiccpastelss toxiccpastelss 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    I self harm everyday I can't stand myself the

    person in the mirror I try n fight cause I don't like him I don't like me I need someone I have nobody I just want to die I'm all alone please don't let me wake up it looks like the vocies r to strong in the end this soul less person u say I am u made me a monster the time is...
    Weesm2016 Weesm2016 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 25

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    It's been almost a year

    since I self harmed, and with Christmas approaching I'm fighting off the demons with everything I've got. I really wish I would have thought to pick up this childhood hobby last year instead of looking to my inner thigh for "relief". Live and learn.
    MsJessicaRabbit MsJessicaRabbit 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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    madelinedowell madelinedowell 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 18, 2015

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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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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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    I still do, but not as bad.

    I haven't done it in about a month. I think about it, but I haven't broke yet
    PopulaceInOne PopulaceInOne 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 27

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    Sometimes I can be my worst enemy.

    I can be so self destructive. I've cut myself in the past, yes, but more than that I have so much self hatred that I have yet to work through. Sometimes I feel like the bliss of nothingness would be better than the emotional torment I subject myself to. It's tough to say that I...
    rebekahanastasia rebekahanastasia 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    never had hear of others doing it before.

    my lowest point was 1985. sitting english class. all the days stress and pressure made my mind go blank. i pushed up the left sleeve of my shirt and took out my pocket knife. holding it much like a pencil i started cutting the most intricate patterns of blood and pain on...
    ArnoldJRimmer ArnoldJRimmer 46-50, M 2 days ago

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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 3 Responses May 22, 2013

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    stopped cutting 1 yr ago,

    started taking drugs, started drinking and relapsed just last night.
    dreamsphere dreamsphere 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 19

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    I've never been so tempted to relapse.

    It wasn't even a bad day. Idk what's wrong.
    Nyx5 Nyx5 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 24

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    I have scars on my arms

    and legs, and a letter E that I burned onto my arm with a red-hot metal wire to punish myself for a terrible mistake that I made and to make sure that I never forget why it's there. Sometimes my joints ache where I used to crush them with vice grips. That was a long time ago...
    crossproduct crossproduct 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2015

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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 1 Response Dec 21, 2013

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