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I was wondering if any of you have been to a group therapy specifically for self injurers?  I think it would be helpful to talk with others who understand and can relate.  My trepidation is that I have a hard time talking about it (hoping group therapy would help with that) and also, wondering if it would be mostly teenagers/young adults.  I'm 30, married with children so I feel like I might not fit in there.  Plus I feel more that much more pathetic that I'm still SI'ing at 30:/ I'm "supposed" to be stable..supposed to be something I'm obviously not... 

 

Not sure what "advice" or whatever I'm looking for...just need to get it out there.  Anyone have experience with this?  Thank y'all

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i'm going to a group that's aimed at folk with borderline personality disorder - and i think everyone else but me (around 6?) self harm. however we don't really talk about it - but the underlying thoughts and feelings that go with being borderline and self harming.  so - i'm wondering if a dbt (dialectical behaviour therapy) group might be useful to you.

you're taking meds - so something worth talking to your doc about? otherwise, suicide helplines etc in your area should be able to assist.

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From what I've been told its not a topic they like to open up in a group discussion. I kinda wish it was because then I wouldn't feel lonely. But a lot of people trigger easy, nothing that's not in my own head triggers me, but for others the discussion of where /how /why can be too much. It's a safety risk really, that's what I've observed going to groups with clients, most of the, younger but I don't think that matters. I'm 22 and I feel too old for this crap.

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Ok I didn't think about the trigger aspect.  That makes sense.  Kinda sucks though...it would be nice to be able to have people to relate to IRL you know?  I'm going to talk to my tdoc about it and see if she can recommend a group that might work, even if not si specific.  Thanks:)

 

and btw, I haven't been in group therapy (or any therapy) since I was 17 and in a day facility, so I really don't know what the deets are

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I know it's not IRL, but CB really is a good place to talk about your SI. We avoid being overly triggery or glorifying it, which can be hard to resist when you are in the thick of things. But you can feel free to post about your experiences here or in your blog. Just remember, we focus on recovery. 

 

Do you have any questions? Do you need help forming a plan to stop SI'ing or to reduce the harm? 

 

Anyway, I hope that you can find group therapy IRL as well. :) 

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