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Dear Dr. Freud,
I've had this problem with cutting myself for a while now. I feel like I'm normal otherwise: I'm happy with my life, I have a good family life/social life/career, I'm not suicidal at all or anything. I just have this freaky habit of routinely taking a knife/scissors to my skin and making nics/cuts that bleed very little and don't really hurt. The feeling I get while I'm doing this is one of bemusement: i.e. "What am I doing? Why am I doing this?"
I don't want to die, I love life and doing things. I haven't any considerable trauma in my life so far: I had a good childhood, good parents etc. So why am I doing this? What is wrong with me? Thank you for your help.

Melina Laure, Wednesday, 12 November 2003 11:09 (nineteen years ago) link

Assuming you're serious - there is a good book called 'Cutting' about this. You might be able to get it out of the public library. Sometimes people cut themselves because physical pain is easier to bear than emotional pain, especially with cutting where you control it yourself. You probably know yourself that you ought to get therapy for your problem. Make sure you're seen by someone with a degree in psychology, or someone who is supervised by a psychiatrist or psychologist, and ask them if they have experience with cutting and use the most recent therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy - they should. In the meantime, be kind to yourself and treat yourself as you would treat your best friend.

- (maryann), Saturday, 15 November 2003 07:22 (nineteen years ago) link

Ctrl-X != Enter

Robo-Freud, Sunday, 16 November 2003 08:03 (nineteen years ago) link

five years pass...

When I was in eighth grade, I carved my girlfriend's name into my arm with a safety razor. It read "LIZ", but all the lines were double because it was a Trac-2. We only lasted a couple more weeks, but my next girlfriend was treated to seeing "LIZ" still on my arm. I had been inspired by a picture of that Manic Street Preachers guy. I caught hell both at school and at home and I've still never heard the Manic Street Preachers. Anyway, his family just decided to declare him dead at 27, thirteen years after he disappeared. I haven't cut myself since.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 13:51 (fourteen years ago) link

six years pass...

I tried this tonight. Probably not my thing.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 04:45 (seven years ago) link

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