Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in the post and the series are based on personal experience and knowledge gained from freely available articles.
In yesterday’s post, we talked about depression and how they induce feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, and guilt. When the feelings of distress and pain, a person resorts to self-harm as a way to express and deal with the same.
Self-harm is a way for many people to feel control over their bodies or to release emotions through the pain. The feelings of worthlessness and guilt force the subject to resort to punishing themselves in some way. The subject does not do this to garner attention and usually do it in secret and go into deep troubles to hide the scars. People always tend to associate self-harm with blades and cutting veins. But there are multiple ways in which self-harm manifests.
Manifestations of Self Harm
- Taking a bath with extremely scalding hot water
- Walking on the road and stopping abruptly in between
- Holding a scalding hot vessel
- Driving rashly
- Missing meals and starving self
- Pinching and scratching self
- Scratching old wounds and scabs
- Social isolation
- Cutting self
Have you been doing this? Please seek help. Remember a loved one will always understand.
If you have seen someone do any of these things or seen someone with unexplained marks on their hands, please seek out to them.
How to Stop Harming Self
Instincts to inflict self-harm tend to increase when you are anxious or feeling low. We talk about handling those situations in the next post, but there are other ways to curb these instincts.
- Talk to your loved one about the situation in detail including where you do it, when you do it, what you use etc. They will keep an eye out for you and you being accountable helps in keeping the instincts at bay.
- As soon as you feel the need to inflict self-harm, move away from the bathroom (or wherever you tend to inflict harm) and move towards a crowded place. When the area is not accessible, the need tends to subside.