Yes, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. I’ve been cutting on and off for the past ten years. I don’t know what has triggered my recent relapse, but I have come to the conclusion that if I don’t stop this behavior I will end up in a really bad place by irreparably injuring myself. The most recent injury was deeper than expected and it really scared me because it hadn’t been my intention to cause that much harm to myself. This showed me that things can get out of hand quickly. I did it in the heat of the moment and dissociated myself somewhere in the middle of it occuring. Since I don’t have a ritual that goes along with this behavior it’s harder to kick this addiction. All I know is that I need to stop and I need to find the right kind of help because none of the therapists I’ve seen in the last ten years have really addressed the problem.
Yes, very much so
Person female, age 23, began to SI at age 13, graduate student