Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Self Injury Awareness Day!

http://drdeborahserani.blogspot.com/2011/03/march-1st-is-self-injury-awareness-day.html This is a link to some great information. This behavior can last a life time without treatment. When I am at a very low point I still will do this. I copied part of the article in case the link doesn't work correctly. It's my first attempt at a link. Thank you Dr Deb for this information.

People who SI are often trying to:

* Distract emotional pain
* End feelings of numbness
* Calm overwhelming feelings
* Maintaining control
* Self-punish
* Express thoughts that cannot be put into words
* Express feelings for which there are no words
What are the types of self-injury?

* Cutting
* Burning
* Picking at skin
* Interfering with wound healing
* Hair-pulling
* Hitting
* Scratching
* Pinching
* Biting
* Bone-breaking
* Head-banging

Finding professionals who specialize in working with self-injury is IMPERATIVE. With proper treatment, new ways of coping will be learned and slowly the cycle of hurting will end.

On a totally different point my knee has healed enough that I was able to do 50 repetitions on my health rider today. Maybe I can do 50 more to night and start burning some calories. Yes! 


Faycin A Croud said...

When someone else hurts me or I feel overwhelmed I have a hard time not self-injuring. People who have never had this compulsion can never understand the shame that comes with it.

Tracy said...

Thanks for the information WAnda...and Hurray for you that you are healthy enough to exercise; that helps tremendously with the state of mind, at least for me!

NOS said...

Thank you for posting this information. Self-harm is very hush-hush-- no one talks about it because I think no one knows quite how to handle it. You're right-- seeing a professional who understands this behavior is imperative.

I'm glad that your knee is healing well. I'm excited that you're able to get some exercise in. Maybe it will help you feel a little better.

Wishing you well,

63mago said...

I once saw it happen, one of the few moments in my life when I really was shocked.
Good to hear that your knee does better!