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3 Things that Trigger My Self-Harm Urges

3 Things that Trigger My Self-Harm Urges

At least three situations trigger my self-harm urges, and I suspect you understand why they do. Are some triggers of your self-harm urges the same? Let's talk.

I have been in self-harm recovery for about 10 years now, often dealing with what triggers my self-harm urges. During that time, it has always been difficult for me to identify what exactly is triggering my self-harm urges. It wasn’t until I went to my last therapist that I got the tools to figure out my underlying patterns of self-injuring. In this post, I want to go over the three main reasons behind why I started self-harming. Maybe your triggers for self-harm urges are similar.

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Introduction to Kristen Schou, Author of ‘Speaking Out About Self-Injury’

Introduction to Kristen Schou, Author of ‘Speaking Out About Self-Injury’

Kristen Schou shares about her self-injury past and her self-harm recovery. Read more about Kristen Schou and "Speaking Out About Self-Injury" blog here.My name is Kristen Schou and I am delighted to join the Speaking Out About Self-Injury blog on HealthyPlace. I am so excited to have a platform to share my experiences with self-injury and give advice to help others. Self-injury is a condition that is very stigmatized which causes people not to reach out for the help that they need. My goal for this blog is to help others who are going through the same thing that I went through.

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Self-Harm and A Triggering Workplace Environment

Self-Harm and A Triggering Workplace Environment

The workplace can be a triggering environment for self-harmers. From hiding self-harm scars to office talk, we must manage our self-harm triggers at work.

The workplace can be a stressful and triggering environment for self-harmers. First, we have to make the decision of hiding our scars or not. If we don’t, we face questions, scrutiny, and gossip from our coworkers and bosses. Secondly, we may, and probably will, be triggered to self-harm at some point. We can’t control what others say and do, or what is asked of us while we’re working. Thus, it is essential for us to find ways to minimize stress and stay on the course of recovery from self-harm in a triggering environment like the workplace.

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Effects of New Psychiatric Medication on Self-Injury

Effects of New Psychiatric Medication on Self-Injury

Starting new psychiatric medication can affect self-injurious behavior. Starting when I was in my early teens, I was given many different combinations of medications to take for my mental illness. The medication side effects ranged from hives to hallucinations. The worst part about taking a different pill every couple of months was the uncertainty of how it was going to affect my mood. Most of the medications simply failed to make me better, but a few had severe adverse effects on my mood and overall health that were impossible to ignore. As a self-harmer, handling the stress and mood changes that comes along with new medications is vital to recovery. In short, you need to know the effects that new psychiatric medication may have on your self-harming.

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Social Media and the Desire to Self-Harm

Social Media and the Desire to Self-Harm

Social media can affect one's desire to self-harm. Sometimes the negative feedback on social media is what pushes a person's desire to self-harm over the edge.

A desire to self-harm can be affected by social media. It is sad that most wars have been over something as simple as differing beliefs. I have never been into politics or religion (I support believing in whatever your heart holds to be true), but it does bother me when someone expresses a belief and they get attacked because of it. Whether that attack is verbal, physical or online, it still hurts those who aren’t secure or confident in the skin they wear. Sometimes the pain caused on social media can translate into self-harm.

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Make Memories, Not Scars: Reminiscing Without Self-Harm

Make Memories, Not Scars: Reminiscing Without Self-Harm

Reminiscing without self-harm can be hard but you can make memories without scars. With the social media today, practically every step you take is recorded. Whether you are tagged in photographs from the night before or you tweet about the meal you had, life is not a secret anymore. Technology has made it so you cannot forget some of the memories from your past because, well, they may show up on an app or in an online journal or blog you forgot about. Sometimes the most difficult memories are the ones that crush you without warning and reminiscing about these memories can cause self-harm.

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Alcohol and Self-Injury: A Dangerous Cycle

Alcohol and Self-Injury: A Dangerous Cycle

Alcohol and self-injury definitely don’t mix and can lead to serious consequences. As you may know, self-medicating is a way many people with mental illness deal with the symptoms of their disease. I have fallen into this trap multiple times with heavy drinking. Of course, choosing to self-medicate over a doctor-prescribed treatment is never a good idea, but alcohol can intensify our feelings when we are already suffering from the addiction of self-harm. We may hurt ourselves worse than we ever thought we could, which is exactly what I did.

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Let Karma Help You Stop Self-Harming

Let Karma Help You Stop Self-Harming

Can karma help you stop self-harming? I think it's possible and here's how to stop self-harming using karma. Check this out.

I am not a very religious person (Self-Harm and Karma: My Religion of Choice). I do not follow a specific religion or promote any kind of religious beliefs. I think everyone is welcome to believe what he or she wishes to believe, but as for me – I typically stay away from religion. However, if I were to believe in any kind of religion, it would be karma. It is very possible that karma can help you stop self-harm.

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Surviving the Stressors of Life Without Self-Harm

Surviving the Stressors of Life Without Self-Harm

You can survive life stressors without turning to self-harm.

Life is filled with many turns and twists. One week you may feel confident and secure when the next you may be late paying back a loan or forget to study for an exam. You truly never know what to expect from day-to-day and sometimes that mystery brings forward more stress than needed. Even the most organized individual can feel overwhelmed by a simple, daily task when they don’t see it coming. When you feel as if the world around you is bringing more chaos into your environment than stability, an anxiety attack very well may occur but you can deal with this stress without self-harming.

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Embrace Being Different — You Are Making a Difference

Embrace Being Different — You Are Making a Difference

We should embrace being different. Being different means that you make a difference, and isn't that what everyone ultimately wants? Read why it's important.

Learn how to embrace being different — you are making a difference. I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for watching entertainment award shows and red carpet specials. I will admit — I like watching the lives of celebrities and seeing the highs and lows they go through that make them, well, human (as long as they’re not dramatized highs and lows). I will typically watch award shows for the fashion disasters and the awful lip-synching, but I didn’t expect to receive the inspirational quote I did from one of the most recent shows about embracing differences.

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