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    • So, I have been struggling a lot recently with self harm, basically in the cutting realm. The thing is, that I don’t see it in the way that most people do, which makes it harder in some ways. Everyone I’ve talked to thinks that its a coping mechanism, or that I feel depressed, or that I want to take away emotional pain. Its true, I don’t handle emotions well. But, I also am not cutting for this reason. I cut in a systematic, planned way. I enjoy the artistic outlook on the cuts (and therefore scars) after the fact. I don’t irrationally, or impulsively, cut, like a couple people I know. I cut as a release but also as a way to show my struggles artistically. I do not try to openly hide my cuts anymore, but I embrace my struggles for self-understanding and am waiting to see one trusted person for help. The problem is that I continue to self harm, but only for a little bit of release and only in artistically designed patterns. I have not been able to find anyone talking about this previously, so I decided to go out on a limb and see if anyone had any input or thoughts about this perspective.

    • Person female, age 20, began to SI at age 19, college student
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    I'm in the same boat. In the beginning when I was 15, I did it for the emotional release. I stopped cutting when I was 17, but I have revisited it recently in a different way. As an artist I have always loved the aesthetic of scars. Now instead of my shoulders, I occasionally use the backside of my studded belt (the studs have metal prongs that stick out of the back) to lash my upper back and shoulder blades. It sometimes breaks the skin but mostly just leaves gnarly bruises. It makes me feel in control of my body, while leaving lots of marks to make my back look far more interesting. It's also nice when I need a bruise for a painting reference. 

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