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02 Feb 2006

self mutilation
need help...

my friend cuts herself to feel beta...
I hate tht she has to resort to hurting herself to take away the pain tht was inflected on her when she was a young child...

r there any sites I can visit to read up & learn about y she is doing this..

she was recently put on antidepressants to help her & I dnt think its working...

any advice guys???
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Please check the archives of this forum, under cutting and self-mutilation, as I have discussed this many, many times before, in some detail, and I'm sure you'll find the earlier discussions useful. beware of websites on this, as many are run by weird people who like to promote self-cutting and think it's cool. Antidepressants aren't of any use unless she is significantly chemically depressed, and then they'd still only be oart of the solution, skilled counselling being needed as well.
What yo said to your friend may have been out of sincere shock, but unhelpful, as they are very sensitive to feeling abandoned, and this often precipitates further cutting. As LS says, non-judgemental support, and consistent encouragement to seek the proper expert help, is what is needed
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