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Self-Injury: Testing the Waters for a Suicide Attempt
Last month, my ex-girlfriend called me. On the phone, we discussed our daily activities, and did a little small talk and laughing. Still filled with excitement, my ex told me that she has thoughts of cutting herself with a blade. When I asked "why?" she told me that she wanted to know the feeling of bleeding out. I was in shock.
If you don't know much about self-injury, the questions that'd be playing in your head are: "What is self-injury?", "Why would someone want to harm himself or herself?"
Continue reading to find out.
What is Self-Injury?
Also known as Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), Self-injury is the act of harming oneself, without the intent of suicide. Although few cases of self-injury usually end in suicide.
People who harm themselves do so to reduce their emotional turmoil, and a good number of them are teenagers. Some other reasons why people injure themselves include:
• To express anger.
• To minimize feelings of sadness of loneliness.
• To feel something.
• To get attention to their emotional suffering.
• To get helped.
Self-injury is a symptom of other underlying problems such as Depression, Anxiety, and low self-esteem. Those who often self-injure suffer from one or more of these mental problems.
The Difference between Self-injury and a Suicide Attempt
It is common for people to assume that those who self-injure do so to commit suicide, but this isn’t always the case...
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