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Can't help myself adding more

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Any time i feel overwhelmed by anything that happened or if all my emotions get out at once i can’t help but get my blade and slice my skin like I’m a human cutting board or I’m playing fruit ninja on my skin. I’ve tried to use ways such as slapping a rubber band on my wrist whenever i get the urge but then i feel like it’s not enough pain to get rid of another sort of pain or even distract me from it. I hate the feeling out how guilty I am after I relapse after doing so well but it feels so good at the same time. I hate it, I don’t know what to do anymore. I hate the way my skin looks covered in cuts and scars but sometimes I really can’t help myself from adding more.


Hi there, thanks for your question.
First of all, we want you to know that we hear you and we are here to support you through this tough time. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, and we’re glad you did. It sounds like you’re going through a really difficult time, and it’s understandable that you’re struggling to cope with overwhelming emotions.
Feeling overwhelmed by emotions and turning to self-harm as a way to cope is something many people experience, but it’s important to know that there are healthier ways to manage those feelings. We’re happy to hear that you’ve tried using techniques like snapping a rubber band on your wrist to distract yourself, but we understand that it may not always feel like enough.
It’s important to find coping strategies that work for you and provide relief without causing harm. Have you considered reaching out to a therapist or counsellor who can help you develop healthier coping mechanisms? They can provide you with tools and support to manage your emotions in a safer way.
We also want to remind you that if you ever feel unsafe or in immediate danger, it’s important to reach out for help right away. You can contact emergency services at 999 or 112. Additionally, organisations like Pieta House are available to provide support for self-harm and suicide. You are never alone, and there are people who care about you and want to help.
Childline is also here for you 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us for support and to explore your options. Whether you need someone to talk to or help finding resources in your area, we’re here to support you every step of the way. You can phone us for free at 1800 66 66 66 or use Live Chat on our website
You’re not alone in this, and with support and guidance, you can find healthier ways to cope with your emotions. Remember to be kind to yourself and take things one step at a time. How about the next time you feel like cutting yourself, you get in touch with Childline first? There will be one of our team waiting for your call or chat.
Please look after yourself. You have taken a huge step forward in your recovery by reaching out to us; we are here for you, always,

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