Self-harm: Ponder this

Something to ponder for those that judge self-harmers:

First let me say that I realize there are a number of reasons why people self-harm. This is one reason…at least for me.

What do you do when you get an injury? Let’s say you slammed your finger in a door. Ouch, right? You may attempt causing a physical sensation to another part of your body because it takes your mind’s focus off of the pain and onto the new sensation. Now, if you slammed your finger in a door, which we all agree hurts like hell, would a simple finger-point tap to your shoulder, for example, be enough to mask the pain? No way! You’d most likely rub vigorously or maybe even pinch yourself. It’d have to be enough to overpower the pain, right?

Now, those with mental illnesses experience similar situations. Except, their pain is on the inside. And let me tell you from experience, it hurts way worse than a finger slammed in the door…repeatedly. So when we get hurt inside, sometimes we “self-harm”. We cut. We do a number of things. We take such drastic measures, because it’s got to be enough to overpower the pain inside in order for it to work because our inner pain is just that bad. You agreed that method made sense in the first paragraph/scenario. Why is not ok now?

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