Our expert says:
I studied selfcuting for many years, and wrote several major articles and book chapters on the subject. And have commented in some detail before ( check the archives of this forum for self-cutting and cutting ).
It is NOT part of Bipolar Disorder, and occurs in many people with personality problems but no other major psychiatric disorder. It does NOT respond to treatment with mere drugs, but need help from proper psychotherapy. It is a bad habit, and as you have found, though it may bring brief relief to bad feelings, the relief never lasts, so it is never a solution to any problem, and one needs to learn to stop it and to stay stopped. Discuss this in detail with the shrink treating your Bipolar Disorder, and ask for referral to a skilled local psychotherapist. There is no reason to suspect that you have been misdiagnosed or that the treatment is wrong --- but cutting is a different problem from Bipolar Disorder.
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