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Myths about self harm

 

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Self harm is a sign of madness

People who self harm are not mad, they are people who suffer a great deal of distress and unhappiness.

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Someone who self harms is a danger to others

Someone who self harms is unlikely to harm anyone else. The focus is themselves. It is a terrible myth as it is very wrong to state something like that.

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Self harm is attention seeking

Self harm is not attention seeking. It is a persons way of dealing with difficult emotions, it may seem to them like the only way they can survive. 

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People who self harm do not feel pain

Pain may not be felt at the very moment of the injury, but afterwards the pain is usually quite obvious to them. People my not enjoy the pain, but as it can feel like such a relief to the sufferer, it may appear as if they do.

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Self harm is a suicide attempt gone wrong

Self harm is a way of surviving, keeping alive, and managing to function from day to day. Some may attempt suicide, but the self harm is a totally separate issue.