Articles for Survivors of Abuse

Self-Harm

Helpful Responses To Someone Who's Self-Harmed

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Alternatives To Self-Harm

Emotional Pain:

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How to Stop Self-Harming

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Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself

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What to Do When You Feel Like Hurting Yourself

Self-harm is something that usually happens alone, and in secret. Those of us who hurt ourselves–or who used to hurt ourselves–may do it to relieve great emotional pain and distress; to avoid, distract from, or suppress overwhelming emotion; to try to feel better; to stop a painful memory or thought; to punish ourselves; to reenact childhood abuse or the messages our abusers taught us; to try to connect to ourselves; to keep from committing suicide; to release or express anger that we're afraid to express to others; to silently cry out for help; to show ourselves how bad the pain is that we feel inside; or for a number of other reasons. But ultimately, hurting ourselves does just that–it hurts us....

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