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Most people avoid me once they find out I self injure. I'm not sure if its because they don't want anything to do with a “freak” or if its because being a friend to someone with mental health issues is too much of a responsibility. I know I feel like a burden to those who still care. Sometimes I wonder if i would have more friends if no one knew what i did to myself. But then i realize the ones who are your real friends are the ones who are still there for you even though people probably talk crap about them for hanging out with me.

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[female, 18, began to SI at age 12, high school student]
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