Along with my Borderline Personality Disorder, I have dealt with self-injury. I used to engage in both bruising and cutting as a coping mechanism to handle my emotional pain. I have not self-injured since April, but do occasionally have urges to do so-- especially when dealing with strong emotions.
My question is, if any of you have dealt with cutting / bruising / other forms of self-injury, how did you quit and deal with your urges to self-injure?
That's a tough one. For me I probably try to turn my mind or to distract with things such as TV, a hot shower, etc. If things are really bad I will go to bed.
I think in the first instance I will try and work through my feelings and try and understand what has triggered them.
I have regular appointments with my doctor so I may try and communicate the difficulties I am having. Validation helps.
For cutting I have heard that ice or drawing on yourself with a red marker can help.
I think ultimately things should be worked through with a therapist.
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