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The other topic was posted in 2011 and there's only a couple comments. Thought I'd start something new. Hope that's alright. So, a couple things I've learned. I used to harm. A lot. It's been maybe just about two years now. Some things that helped was that first... I'm into a bit of alternative lifestyle stuff. Flogging, bondage BDSM sort of stuff. And it kind of opened up a new way of looking at self harm or other sort of stuff. In a kind of... An active instead of reactive experience. I tried getting my partner to hurt me when I wanted to self harm. And it wasn't so great. But holding an ice cube was helpful. It felt sharp which feels similar to burning for me. Eating spicy... and SPICY food. Things like a ghost pepper or super tasty spicy sauces are super helpful too. The ice cub I can just drop. The spicy food stays with me for a while. And can really help me hold onto an experience. It also helps me avoid restriction. I don't like eating. And when I do I typically purge. Purging spicy food is unpleasant. Purging itself isn't fun. But... purge something that has ghost pepper... and.. it brings a new definition to pain. It's also quite un-sustainable. Now... I'd urge people to be mindful stepping into this stuff. Intentional and don't dive into it. Anything above can go dark and maladaptive. But.. I think that this stuff is a step towards risk reduction.
Hi Forum - I am new here and (genuinley) trying to help my young friend who I am desperatly worried about. 1) She has recently been prescribed Cymbalta (60mg) for depression 2) she tried to overdose (paracetemol)) about a year ago 3) Does not sleep well (stays up on FB, watching music videos or just editing ipod/iphone tunes) 4) Can crash out sleeping for over 24 hrs (when she does sleep) 5) Takes GHB, E's , coke, ice with "friends" 6) Now thinks that prostitution (high end) may be a good option *groan* We ARE friends, she sometimes stays, she sometimes stays with a host of other soppy twats (like myself) who constantly look after her, nope, not lovers either. Now, I have read up on Cymbalta and just about all the above are not good (to put it mildly) BUT should I tell her doctor - my feelings are he probably does not know the extent of 2 > 5 above. Suppose I am worried that the suicide is just around the corner...................any advice??