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Offline bluebell.x

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alternatives..possible trigger
« on: April 18, 2020, 04:19:34 PM »
Hi  :waves:

Earlier today I was having a strong urge, so I got an elastic band and I put it on my wrist. I pinged it a lot and it started off with just a red line but then it looked like a graze and I kept going and then it bled a little. This obviously wasn't a deep cut or b**n but is it still okay to call it an alternative? or is it classed as self harm? I didn't intend to damage my wrist it's just something that works for me when i have urges as it kinda gives you the pain factor.

Sorry to bother you all with something that's not that serious i just wanted a second opinion, thanks :)

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Re: alternatives..possible trigger
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2020, 09:03:15 PM »
Whether it's SH or not depends on the intention behind it, since you didn't intend to cause damage I'd say that it wasn't SH.

It could be considered harm minimisation, a graze is certainly better than a deeper cut. It's something many 'self harmers' do to try and keep control of things.
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Re: alternatives..possible trigger
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2020, 12:49:54 AM »
thanks for your response :)

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Re: alternatives..possible trigger
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2020, 02:05:53 PM »
I think that the reasons behind why you did it are more important than whether society would class it as self-harm or not.

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Re: alternatives..possible trigger
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2020, 02:12:59 PM »
very true, thanks