Okay so about November 2011 I started to self harm. About a month later my parents found out. My mum didn't really seem that bothered she just told me to stop so to get them off my back I stopped until the wounds had healed over and they were convinced I wouldn't do it again. So just after Christmas I started again but this time I took staples out the staple gun and dragged them along my wrist/arm instead of scratching away my skin. I have stopped self harming and I only do it when I am really angry/sad. I an confused about wether I have depression or not. I have really bad mood swings like a couple of hours ago I was on cloud nine but now I want to slice open my wrists. I don't know if it's hormones or not? (I am a teenager) I am emetophobic which I hate having and I am also really shy and feel guilty about everything? Please dont give me abuse.
The following user gives a hug of support to I love music: mindful7 (07-08-2012)
I don't think it's teenage hormones that lead to self-injury. I think self-injury is a coping mechanism for handling intense emotions. Talking to a counselor or therapist I think would be a good first step to figuring out if you have depression or not. I also suggest talking to your parents about this so they take it more seriously before your self-injury becomes worse.
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If it makes it easier I suggest writing down your feelings and then showing what you wrote to them. If your parents think you're just trying to seek attention I recommend finding someone who will take you seriously and help you cope with your emotions.
The following user gives a hug of support to flamesabers: I love music (07-25-2012)
I began self harming when I was a teen. I was 15, now I am 26. I would do it when I was really sad or mad. I never understood why I did it. I began by bruising myself, then it turned to cutting. I would (and still do) feel guilty about it after I did/do it. It seemed to turn into an addiction and the only way I could deal with my emotions after a while. You are probably dealing with some depression and anxiety and finding this as a distraction for your feelings. It's not uncommon and it can feel embarrassing. You'll be ok, but you need to see a therapist as a first step I think. They can help dissect your feelings and help your figure out why you're doing it. It always gave me a sense of control in my life to harm, but I know now it really isn't healthy and it's a sign that you might have some underlying issues that are worth talking to a professional about. I always hid it from my parents because I was afraid I would get in trouble so they didn't find out until this past year actually when I was hospitalized for it. I wish you the best and I hope you can take control of the habit for it controls you.
The following user gives a hug of support to mindful7: I love music (07-25-2012)