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Why Is Self-Injury So Prevalent in Borderline (BPD)?

Why Is Self-Injury So Prevalent in Borderline (BPD)?

Self-injury is prevalent borderline personality disorder (BPD), but why? Read here about why self-harm is common in BPD and how one might receive that diagnosis.

People want to know why self-injury is so prevalent in borderline personality disorder (BPD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s website, borderline personality disorder consists of unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, with trouble regulating emotions and thoughts while exhibiting impulsive behavior.

Another characteristic of BPD is self-injurious behaviors and increased suicidality. Cutting and other forms of self-harm are so prevalent in borderline that they seem to have become indicators of it. Of course, not everyone who self-harms has BPD, and not everyone with the disorder self-harms. However, self-harm is widely prevalent in BPD. And I was given the borderline diagnosis probably because I cut myself.

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Celebrating and Being Proud of Self-Harm Recovery

Celebrating and Being Proud of Self-Harm Recovery

Feeling proud and celebrating self-harm recovery can help keep us in recovery. Here's how to feel proud when you recover from self-harm and celebrate.

The shame of self-harm can make it difficult to celebrate and feeling proud of our self-harm recovery, no matter how long or short we have gone without self-injuring. Others factors, such as self-harm stigma, can also keep us silent and regretful, even when we have every reason to be proud. It is essential to celebrate our self-harm recovery, as it helps prevent relapse and keeps us moving in the right direction.

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Use Bright Color to Fight the Dark Stigma of Self-Harm

Use Bright Color to Fight the Dark Stigma of Self-Harm

Many believe the stigma that those who self-harm live a dark, secluded life. This isn't always so, and we can fight that self-harm stigma with bright color.

Did you know you can use bright colors to fight stigma of self-harm? Many people who are not educated about self-harm often picture the addiction in a cliché light. Some may think those who self-harm always wear dark clothing, seclude themselves and are suicidal. Of course, those are simply dark self-harm stigmas that the world has unfortunately thrown at people who self-injure.

Since everyone has his or her own story of struggle, you must fight self-harm stigma and get to know the addiction without cliché expectations. One way to fight the darkness of self-harm stigma is with bright colors.

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Can Crime Shows Play a Part in Self-Harm?

Can Crime Shows Play a Part in Self-Harm?

Criminal Minds, Law and Order, NCIS — crime shows have become a staple on television for over a decade. These kinds of shows mesh mystery and violence with suspense and romance and when all of those factors collide, of course it’s going to make for an impressive hour of television. Another piece that fits in with the crime show puzzle is violence, blood and mental illness. Unfortunately, many negative characters in these kinds of shows end up with mental illness, which stigmatizes mental illness and those truly struggling with it. You also see a lot of self-harm.

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Find Unique Ways to Spread Self-Harm Awareness

Find Unique Ways to Spread Self-Harm Awareness

By now you have probably been involved in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge, and if you haven’t, you probably will be in the very near future. This challenge has taken over social media outlets and even the news for the past month. Even though I do have some issues involving the challenge (the obvious waste of water), awareness for this illness has spread and that truly is what counts.

If people can dump buckets of ice water over their heads hoping that people will either donate to ALS and/or turn to the bucket, there could be endless other ways to spread awareness for other diseases and organizations. It’s great that this generation is becoming creative with ways to spread awareness to issues close to their hearts.

However, if we are willing to do crazy things to spread awareness for ALS, we can do just as unique things to spread awareness for other issues – such as mental illness and self-harm

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You Are a Person Struggling with Self-Harm–Not a Self-Harmer

You Are a Person Struggling with Self-Harm–Not a Self-Harmer

It is important to recognize the person struggling with self-harm and not let their difficulties overpower who they really are. They are not just self-harmers.

When self-harm is brought to the table, how do you think it feels when you call someone a cutter? Do you think the person wants to be seen as just that – a self-harmer? Why not call them a musician or a writer? An athlete or an artist? Why not recognize them as the person they really are, not the struggle?

Why do negative labels often take priority over the positive ones?

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Self-Harm, Skeery Jones and Instagram: Feeling a Little Offended

Self-Harm, Skeery Jones and Instagram: Feeling a Little Offended

I absolutely love “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show”. If you’ve never listened to it – you should. It’s on bright and early in the morning and on the rare occasions when I don’t sleep in, I make sure to turn it on. They talk about everything: sex, celebrities, trending topics and have the best ‘phone-taps’ I’ve ever heard. They’re all very real people who say very real things that everyone can relate to.

So, why would one of them put a picture of a razor on Instagram with a somewhat offensive caption?

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Lying About Self-Injury Scars: When Memories Scratch Back

Lying About Self-Injury Scars: When Memories Scratch Back

All self-harmers know that they are professionals when it comes to lying about self-injury scars (Explaining Self-Injury Scars to Others). The first time I made up a story was when a student asked me about the cut on my forearm before Chorale practice. I rolled my eyes and told her a story about how I’d tried to balance my cat on my arm and it hadn’t worked out too well. After that lie had been said, I remembered how she’d been around my cats before and she may have realized they had been de-clawed.

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Self-Harm and Labels: Will They Ever Go Away?

Self-Harm and Labels: Will They Ever Go Away?

Recently, I was picking up my client from summer school and as I was standing in the hallway, I noticed how diverse the population walking by me was. My client has a developmental disability as well as a mental illness, so the school where her summer classes took place was mainly for those who needed a little extra support.

I saw individuals who had Autism, Down syndrome, aggressive behaviors, Cerebral Palsy and other different disabilities or disorders that allowed them to take summer classes at BOCES.

As I watched the students walk by, I wondered how difficult it was for outsiders to see these wonderful kids as having “unique abilities” rather than having disabilities.

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The Stigma of Self-Harm: How Can it Disappear?

The Stigma of Self-Harm: How Can it Disappear?

“All Self-Harmers are Suicidal and Seek Attention”

That statement is, sadly, the ultimate stigma of self-harm. The media has played a small part with this stigma, portraying self-injurers as being the ones who sit quietly in the corner, cutting their arms and crying. (read: Self-Injurers and Their Common Personality Traits)

Wrong.

Sadly, this is how many people see self-harmers when, in reality, many self-harmers do not fit into a particular clique. In high school, I was a typical music geek. I was a serious ballet dancer, performed in musicals, and did Colorguard in the marching band. I laughed along with friends and pushed out a smile when teachers walked by.

However, leather bracelets covered the self-harm scars I was trying to hide and bathrooms were where I hid when I couldn’t stop the thoughts in my head from yelling at me – telling me to hurt myself. I did not feel as talented as those around me and put on a charade day after day. I was not cutting myself to kill myself every time I made a mark.

I was cutting for reasons that those around me couldn’t understand.

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