How To: Stop cutting yourself

Stop cutting yourself

Self-injuring with knives or razor blades is a dangerous attempt at coping with problems like anger and anxiety. Learn how to get help and deal with your feelings more constructively.
You Will Need
* Therapy
* A psychiatrist
* Relaxation techniques
* Substitutes for self-injury
* Outlets for your anger

Step 1
Seek counseling to explore why you are hurting yourself. Dialectical behavioral therapy – an intense individual as well as group course involving talk therapy and journaling – has proven especially effective in treating self-injurers.

Step 2
See a doctor who can determine whether you might benefit from medication. Anti-depressants are sometimes effective in treating self-injurers.

Cutting is common in people with borderline personality disorder.

Step 3
If you're one of the approximately 50 percent of self-injurers who have been sexually or physically abused and the situation is ongoing, report it to your parents or the authorities.

Step 4
Realize that self-injury is an attempt to self-soothe. Cope with your stress levels by taking up a relaxation technique like yoga or meditation to calm yourself.

Step 5
Find substitutes to use when the urge to cut strikes, like snapping a rubber band against your skin, rubbing your arms and legs with an ice cube, or doodling on them.

Step 6
Find healthy physical outlets for your anger, like going for a run or putting on loud music and dancing.

Step 7
For more information, contact Self Abuse Finally Ends at or 800-DONT-CUT.

Fact: Most self-injurers are girls and women between the ages of 11 and 26.

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