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Bringing Up Your Past Self-Harm to a Significant Other

Bringing Up Your Past Self-Harm to a Significant Other

There is never an easy time to discuss your past self-harm. How do you go about bringing past self-injury up to someone you are dating? Read some suggestions.

There is no easy way to discuss past self-harm. No matter how you go about bringing forward difficult struggles from your past, it is almost always going to be an uncomfortable situation. Even for the most confident person, there is always something that gets in the way of that confidence and, for some, it can be discussing a mental health issue, like self-injury, they must deal with.

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Do Not Let Wedding Season Stressors Turn into Self-Harm

Do Not Let Wedding Season Stressors Turn into Self-Harm

Being twenty-five years old, I am smack in the middle of a time when many friends and family members are either getting engaged, married or popping out babies. While I am perfectly content with my job, boyfriend and Miniature Schnauzer, it can cause overwhelming anxiety to those who feel as if they need to rush forward with certain parts of their lives.

We tend to focus on adolescents who self-harm because, well, that’s when most seem to struggle with it. However, even though I am unaware of the statistics, self-harm continues to be an issue for many even after high school graduation. I was twenty years old when my last cut was made, but who knows how many people in their twenties are still struggling with the need to self-injure?

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Self-Harm and Friendships: Pushing People Away

Self-Harm and Friendships: Pushing People Away

When it comes to self-harming, the importance of the marks tends to overpower the importance of relationships with reality. Well, at least this rang true to me during my difficult years. I had friends in high school, however, most of them I do not talk to anymore. Those I do still talk to I hope to never push away.

I will admit it now, though. I pushed most of my friends away during the years I struggled with self-harm.

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Self-Harm and Triggers: Family, Relationships and Bullying

Self-Harm and Triggers: Family, Relationships and Bullying

There is always something that sparks the interest, want or need to self-harm. This topic could go on forever, but after looking around at others who have self-harmed, as well as my own background, I found three major triggers that seem to be factors in the self-harming world.

The three I noticed popped up the most were: family, relationships and bullying.

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Flashbacks of Self-Harm: “The Ex Factor”

Flashbacks of Self-Harm: “The Ex Factor”

Whether you haven’t self-harmed in years or are currently in the battle, flashbacks of weak moments always pop up. It’s inevitable that you’re going to see a scar and remember the reason it was put there.  These moments can come from a song, a place or even a person.

Such as an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend.

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Self-Injury Scars and Sexual Intimacy

Self-Injury Scars and Sexual Intimacy

Recently, I was asked to address the topic of self-injury and sexual intimacy. More specifically — being ashamed of your body due to self injury cuts, burns or scars and having to shy away from intimate relationships, or face possible rejection by a sexual partner should they see them. In this blog, I will address ways to deal with this type of situation.

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Self-Injury and Relationships

Self-Injury and Relationships

One of the most-requested topics among readers of this blog is self-injury and its affect on romantic relationships. In this blog, I will give you some quick tips on how to tell your boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other that you self-injure.

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