Posted by: scrather | 2004/10/23

mental illness

I scratch myself untill it bleeds.Please help!

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Dear scratcher,
Chilll, pause, don't panic, and think about this. You don't mention how young you are, but this isn't very uncommon in teenagers, young 20s ; it is unpleasant and unwise, and you can learn to stop it. The best thing of all is to discuss this with your family ( they may well not understand what this is about, any more than you do, but they opught to recognize it as a sign of personal distress which deserves attention and expert advice ) --- and ask them to help you arrange to see a good local shrink, a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, for a proper assessment and advice based on the findings. This is a common but unhelpful way in which some of us respond to feeling very stressed ; we can rapidly learn alternative ways of handling stress better, and then the need to scratch / cut fades away.

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