I first cut about 5 years ago, just because it felt like the right thing to do. I can't explain why I did it but it gave me a major release and I have done it every time I've needed the same release since then. My legs constantly sting against my jeans and I have horrible marks on the tops of my legs and arms. I've become pro at hiding it and sometimes do it more often than others. But I've never seen myself as having a big problem with it. Its like I have a stereotype version of someone so self harms. And obviously this picture I have isn't real and I know its not. Its completely dramatized. But because I have none of the traits of this I don't feel like I have a problem. I don't feel like its something I need to do, I feel in control of it. Its something that helps me and while its difficult and I suffer sometimes, I don't want to stop. It only occurrd to me that it might be a problem when I finally plucked up the courage to tell my boyfriend. I was very careful about how I told him and he handled it well, but he talks a lot about what a problem it is and I just can't see it that way. It frustrates him a lot and I understand that, but I just can't bring myself to see that I could have a problem. Its like I understand I cut every now and then. But I don't see myself as someone who "self harms" I know it sounds silly. Is this typical? Does anyone else feel this way?