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26 February 2007 @ 07:45 pm
i tried to resist. but really i wanted to give in.
20 December 2006 @ 06:53 pm
How do you react when you see other people's cuts/burns/whatever? I've started to notice that I feel queasy when I see someone's accidental cut, though I may have done something twice that bad to myself. Self-inflicted wounds don't bother me at all. Thinking about it now, it seems completely irrational. Anyone else have the same experience?
Current Mood: confusedconfused
09 December 2006 @ 09:49 pm
Hello, my name is Melissa. I’m in my twenties, and from the Northern United States. I suffer from Borderline Personality disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Panic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, severe depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, self injury, and several other issues.

I’m in treatment, and have been for quite some time. I don’t have any friends or family. Thus, things are really tough for me.

I’d really like to make some friends, and join this community.

If you would like to be my friend, please leave a comment on my main journal page, and I will add you. Thanks.
08 December 2006 @ 02:06 pm
so im reading this amazing book called "a million little pieces" and if you haven't read it then you should. reading about this guy's struggle with drug and alcohol addiction makes me feel like i can overcome my own addiction, because that is what i see my self-injury as: an addiction. the book just makes me feel very good. i thought i would share incase some of you could get that same feeling from it.

04 December 2006 @ 07:30 pm
From http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15516585/

Is Lindsay Lohan a cutter?
Photos show what appear to be scars on the actress’ wrists

By Jeannette Walls
Updated: 11:25 p.m. PT Nov 28, 2006

Has Lindsay Lohan been cutting herself?

Lohan’s fans are alarmed by photos of the “Mean Girls” star that have appeared online and overseas, showing what seems to be scars on her wrists. The headline-making actress has been wearing casts and armbands on her wrists lately, but after the World Music Awards, was photographed with what seems to be both old and new cuts, as well as a burn in the shape of a figure eight.

“The arms are the most common place for self injury,” self-injury expert Jan Sutton, who has written two books on the subject, told the London Sun after being shown pics of Lohan’s wrists. “Some of the scars are fresh and just above those there are a number of injuries which look older. They are called keloid scars and are just beginning to disappear. It would be difficult to argue this is an accident as there are just too many scars.”

Earlier this year, Lohan was quoted in Vanity Fair admitting that she had an eating disorder, saying, “I was sick. Everyone was scared ... I had people sit me down and say, ‘You’re going to die if you don’t take care of yourself.’” She later insisted that the reporter had taken her quotes out of context. Lohan’s rep didn’t respond to the Scoop’s requests for comment.
Current Mood: mellowmellow
28 November 2006 @ 07:14 pm
Some of the guys at my High School put out cigarettes or cigars in their arms. It's not uncommon to see pink round welts on their arms. While I couldn't tell you their reasons behind it, it seems to be some sort of expression of masculinity. They're proud of it.

Would you consider this sort of behavior to be self-injury, since the reasons behind it seem to be less emotional and more societal?
Current Mood: blahblah
14 November 2006 @ 02:04 am
Let's talk about scars.

Some people see them as battle marks. Some are proud, others are ashamed. Some don't mind showing them off, others go to great lengths to make sure that they are concealed.

How do you feel about your scars? What emotional reactions do you get when you see them? What do you tell people when they ask?
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Soul Kitchen ~ The Doors
02 November 2006 @ 08:04 pm
Silent scourge
Oct 26th 2006
From The Economist print edition
Why more and more teenagers are hurting themselves

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Current Mood: gloomygloomy
02 November 2006 @ 07:45 pm
How addictive do you think SI is?

I've heard a lot of comparisons between self-injury and drug addiction or alcoholism. Yet unlike alocholism, SI-ers often stop completely randomly without other intervention. Since it's a coping mechanism, maybe it would take the place of an internal coping mechanism like, say, blaming other people for your problems. To defeat SI, it would be like getting rid of a negative personality trait, which is diffcult in itself but not physically addictive. Does that make any sense?

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Current Mood: blahblah
30 October 2006 @ 06:39 am

Self-harmers to be given clean blades
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent
NURSES want patients who are intent on harming themselves to be provided with clean blades so that they can cut themselves more safely.

They say people determined to harm themselves should be helped to minimise the risk of infection from dirty blades, in the same way as drug addicts are issued with clean needles.

This could include giving the “self-harm” patients sterile blades and clean packets of bandages or ensuring that they keep their own blades clean. Nurses would also give patients advice about which parts of the body it is safer to cut.

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This is a really interesting topic. On one hand, they're helping reducing the risk of infection for self-harmers. On the other hand, they're enabling the behavior by literally giving them their weapon. It would be less like giving sterile needles to a drug addict and more like giving the drug addict the drug itself.

It seems like it would be a better route to supply self-harmers with only bandages and rubbing alcohol, in addition to teaching them how not to puncture a vein or artery, when they need to seek medical attention, how to prevent infection, etc.

Furthermore, razor blades do a LOT of damage. The deepest cuts and most lasting scars tend to be from razor blades. A self-harmer who generally uses, say, matches or scissors, might be tempted by the idea of a free razor blade and ends up doing more damage than before.

Is it possible to practice safe SI? Do you think we should be provided with sterile razor blades?
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Holland 1945 ~ Neutral Milk Hotel