Self Harm And Anxiety
When it comes to self harm there are many reasons why someone would purposely cause harm to themselves and a main reason is anxiety. As this article is going to deal with self harm I am going to send out a warning to anyone who is triggered by this certain topic. In this article we are going to take a closer look at self injury and its link to anxiety
What Is Self Harm
Self harm can be defined as any deliberate act to oneself that causes pain. This can be anything from cutting to burning to breaking bones to pulling out hair to pinching. The multitude of ways that people find ways to injure themselves is truly scary. Self injury is also referred to by several different terms such as self injury, self mutilation and self inflicted violence.
Why Do People Self Harm
Of course why do people self injure is the million dollar question but for most people it comes down to control. There is a quote from the movie Girl Interrupted that sums it up pretty well “I hurt myself on the outside to kill the thing on the inside”. For the majority of people who self harm some part of their life is out of control and by purposely causing harm to themselves they feel a bit better for a short period
Is Self Harm Addictive
One of the main issues with self harm is that it quickly becomes addictive to the point the person relies on it to get through the day. Self injury may start as a curiosity but it soon becomes what the person believes to be the answer to any difficulty. The other issue at hand with the self harm addiction is the actual injuries become more and more severe. In order to combat this addiction it is essentially a person finds a coping mechanism that they find to be just as effective.
Think of self harm as any other addiction such as drinking or drugs. It starts off as the person just looking for a release from a stressful day or time. Then before they know it the drink after work becomes a drink at lunch, dinner and after work. Self injury addiction is no different as it starts small and quickly gets out of hand.
Self Harm And Anxiety
When it comes to feelings and emotions that may set someone off to self injure dealing with generalized anxiety disorder tends to be top of the list. When a person is dealing with a high level of anxiety they will do what ever they can to make it go away and for some people that is self harm. The sudden pain and adrenaline rush snaps the brain back to reality and may briefly alleviate the anxiety that they are dealing with. One of the issues I have had with my self harm addiction is during anxiety attacks where I can not regain control the thought of self-harm always comes to mind. Now it has been a very long time but I still remember the relief that it brought. I also remember that one small cut leads to dozens more and a self harm accident is called a suicide.
Self Harm Alternatives
When it comes to find alternatives to self-harm there are a ton of lists out there and I would imagine I will make one for Mental Health Treatments one day as well. What I have found is that you need to find something that will keep your hands busy. It is essential that the self injury alternative is something that you need to focus your full attention on. The best of course is to put yourself in a position where self harm is impossible such as a trip to the mall or out for coffee with a friend.
Self-harm is an incredibly dangerous addiction and by learning other coping mechanisms to deal with your anxiety is key