Anyone who self injures will inevitably be asked the question 'Why do you do it?'. Here we've made as comprehensive a list of frequently asked questions concerning self injury and depression as possible.
If there are any questions we haven't answered please contact me.
What is self injury?
Why do people self-injure?
Some people find it easier to deal with physical pain than emotional pain because it makes the feelings more real. Self-injury can become a natural response to the stresses of day to day life and can become more frequency and severe. It's important to not that self injury, while it provides temporary relief, doesn't deal with the underlying issues affecting that person.
But surely it canít be good to hurt yourself?
Canít people just stop self-injuring?
How do people self-injure?
How do I know if what I am doing is self-injury?
So, are you saying that itís fine to self-injure if I want to?
Whatís the difference between self-injury, self-harm and self-mutilation?
On the other hand self-mutilation is a term which most people who self-injure donít like, and it can be quite offensive. Generally these days self-mutilation is a term only used to describe very extreme cases of self-injury (usually when someone is very seriously ill), or by those who donít realise that it causes offence!
Are people who self-injure mentally ill?
Isnít self-injury just attention seeking?
But what about people self-injuring to copy other people?
If someone is self-injuring and it isnít leaving scars surely this means that they arenít in that much emotional distress?
Doesnít self-injury only affect teenaged girls?
Isnít self-injury just a phase someone will grow out of?
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