When Anxiety Leads to Self-Injury

January 20, 2013 Christie Stewart

It is common for people who have anxiety to engage in self-injury as a coping mechanism, to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety and induce feelings of numbness, or even euphoria. In this video blog, I explain why self-injury seems to calm anxiety in some people -- and why, ultimately; it is an unhealthy coping mechanism that should be replaced by healthy ones.

When Anxiety Leads to Self-Injury

Stay tuned next week, where I will discuss healthy ways to cope with anxiety, rather than resorting to self-injury.

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February, 2 2013 at 11:12 am

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January, 23 2013 at 9:48 am

I havn't self injured in over 4 years now. I know for me one way I coped was having a support system and healthy coping mechanisms. One support I had and still have is a support group by the name of Beyond Bandages formally known as B.S.S.I. (Breaking the Silence of Self Injury) before it was a 503c organization. The group facilitator is Vicki Duffy.She has overcome 20 years of self-inflicted violence, and has victory with 10+ years of freedom! Vicki is an amazing women. Beyond Bandages is the only self injury support group in all of New Jersey. If you want to learn more about the group, the website is . Vicki has also written a Memior entitled No More Pain. The book is a real eye opener and reading it was my first step in recovery. I am very thankful that I have found this wonderful supportive group of people who go through the same struggles I do in every day life.

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