Our expert says:
You recognize, I'm sure, that this is not a healthy thing to be doing, and it could easily lead you into worse self-mutilations or serious infections. I suppose one could call this masochism, but you'd need a frank assessment with a good shrink to work out the most useful diagnosis and approach.
Variations on this sort of self-damaging behaviour are more common than most people think, but probably much less common than you seem to think.
In years gone by I researched this area and wrote some major textbook chapters on the topic, but they're not easy to access these days.
I think the most useful approach would be for you to recognize that this is not wholesome or good for you, even if it seems enjoyable at the time ; and that it would be a good idea to see a suitable expert din person for a long discussion of this, and to enable you to evaluate it and decide what to do about it.
Generally, admitting someone to hospital is not a good way to try to deal with this, except when someone has medical complications from the ways in which they have damaged themselves, such as infections,lost needles, and similar issues. It is best dealt with by a skilled and experienced psychologist in a series of discussions.
And yes, as Nicole says, in the meantime be careful about maintaining sterility.
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