Self-harming even when you're not sad?

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by Nicole_O91, Oct 15, 2009.

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  1. Nicole_O91

    Nicole_O91 Active Member

    Do you ever self-harm when you have to deal with emotion other than sadness?
    I know this sounds a little odd, but yesturday, two good things happened to be, I got offered a new job and I ran into a friend I'd not seen for nearly a year, but when I got home, my head was all over the place, I had lots of emotions going on, but mostly not bad, but I cut anyway.
    Does anyone else get this? Using S/H to deal with any emotions, not just negative ones?
  2. SweetSurrender

    SweetSurrender Well-Known Member

    Yes. I can SH when overwhelmed with any emotion, they don't have to be specifically sad/upsetting/negative. In fact the situation you described would be a prime example of a time when i would cut to maintain some sense of control over things. Sometimes i get over stimulated and buzz away so have to cut to stay in the here and now, or i cut because i can't cope/understand what i'm feeling even if they are good, happy feelings.
  3. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    My self-harm is usually when I'm feeling goal-focused; my goal is to off myself and I want to make sure my method is solid.
  4. jenj

    jenj Member

    This is the same for me.
  5. cownes

    cownes Well-Known Member

    same for me too :hugtackles: :(
  6. jane doe

    jane doe Well-Known Member

    it happens to me a lot, when i get the feeling i need it but nothing special triggers me. i call SI an addiction because sometimes for no reason u need it...those are endorphines doing its job i guess.Making u wish for some more, or for some when u dont have any.
  7. necrodude

    necrodude Well-Known Member

    i mostly cut when angry, which is brought on by getting upset. crying just doesnt cut it (pardon the pun).
  8. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Well-Known Member

    I think its something thats overlooked about SH a lot of the time, you dont have to be feeling negative to do it. Back when i was still doing it i could cut myself in any emotional state it was about the only thing i could control at times.
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