According to Wikipedia (2015), "The motivations for self-harm vary and it may be used to fulfill a number of different functions. These functions include self-harm being used as a coping mechanism which provides temporary relief of intense feelings such as anxiety, depression, stress, emotional numbness or a sense of failure."
Self-harm. (2015). Retrieved September 17, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-harm
According to HelpGuide.org (2015), "Self-harm is your way of dealing with feelings and difficult situations. So if you’re going to stop, you need to have alternative ways of coping in place so you can respond differently when you start to feel like cutting or hurting yourself.
If you cut to express pain and intense emotions
If you cut to calm and soothe yourself
If you cut because you feel disconnected and numb
If you cut to release tension or vent anger
Substitutes for the cutting sensation
Cutting and Self-Harm. (2015). Retrieved January 11, 2016, from http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/cutting-and-self-harm.htm
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