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There's like 1 person in my life who knows I self harm, but he does too, and he has wayyy bigger scars because he was always more intense about it

The last time I talked to him about it, it was back when I just scratched myself a little bit. Now I've moved on, but I haven't talked to him about it since because I feel like it would just send him into a bad place and I'm no good at having these conversations. I feel like I should tell more people, but I don't want to put this weird stressful burden on them because of it. Any ideas or?

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I don't know if you can really. It's not something which comes up in polite conversation much. My brother once asked me what all those marks on my arms were. I was honest and ended up seeing a counselor. You can talk about it with people who have done the same. Plenty of us here. And I understand the feeling of being a burden.

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aw man I tried to reply to someone but it didn't work lemme try again 😭

On 11/12/2021 at 7:34 PM, Gearhead said:

Do you mean you’ve moved on and no longer self-harm, or that you’ve gone past scratching and are injuring yourself more severely?

I actually did both! I moved on to injuring myself more, but now I haven't for like a month because I just haven't had the urge in a while. I still have marks from it but it's better than how I used to be

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I meant to reply to someone but I didn't :(
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7 hours ago, Gearhead said:

Do you have a therapist you can talk to? Or a GP?

since I'm underage, I still live with my parents, and I haven't told them anything, so I don't think I'll be able to get a therapist untill I move out

I want them to know but also I'm terrified of them finding out, if that makes sense. I'll probably just live quietly untill I'm 18 and can seek professional help on my own. It's not like a super healthy idea, but it's one that comforts me because it's not terribly far off, and I feel like my mental health is getting a little better over time. I have this dream where by the time I move out, I won't even have any issues anymore, and I can live a normal life, whatever that means.

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28 minutes ago, unlucky7 said:

since I'm underage, I still live with my parents, and I haven't told them anything, so I don't think I'll be able to get a therapist untill I move out

I want them to know but also I'm terrified of them finding out, if that makes sense. I'll probably just live quietly untill I'm 18 and can seek professional help on my own. It's not like a super healthy idea, but it's one that comforts me because it's not terribly far off, and I feel like my mental health is getting a little better over time. I have this dream where by the time I move out, I won't even have any issues anymore, and I can live a normal life, whatever that means.

I feel you here. I was fourteen when all my...stuff... started. I’m not gonna give you the cliche story about how I’m actually so glad I told them when I did, but is there a way to ask for help without going into all the details?

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10 minutes ago, Iceberg said:

I feel you here. I was fourteen when all my...stuff... started. I’m not gonna give you the cliche story about how I’m actually so glad I told them when I did, but is there a way to ask for help without going into all the details?

In the past, they've recognized that I've had some small issues with anxiety, and they gave me some books on it and stuff but I didn't really read them like I should have. Naybe that would've helped, and at any rate it shows they care. I'll just tell them about some of the problems I've been having without telling them about my self harm and stuff. I'm deathly afraid of confrontation though - I haven't even come out to them yet either. I've never been much good about broaching difficult topics with my parents.

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Unlucky7

 

Unfortunately, our site is intended for members 16 years of age or older, but that doesn't mean that younger people don't suffer with MI. In fact, it is quite common to first develop symptoms at a younger age. You are certainly not alone if you are young and suffering. Here is a list of sites. Some are specifically geared towards young people and a couple are general sites which have young members:

 

http://www.copecaredeal.org

 

http://us.reachout.com

 

http://www.scarleteen.com/

 

http://www.psychforums.com/forum.html  (13 and older)

 

http://www.depressionforums.org/forums/

 

http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/  (information)

 

Even more links:

 

 

Suicide Prevention Hotlines

 

                United States: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

                Canada: 1-800-668-6868 (for young people)

                United Kingdom: 0800 068 41 41 (for young people)

                Australia: 13 11 14

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