Our expert says:
Its a difficult combination, and I know that stopping what is essentially a bad habit of self-cutting, is difficult at first, though fortunately it gets easier. Other forms of distraction would be worth developing ( and rather more convenient !). Some cutters I have worked with find surprisingly simple distractions work well for nthem when the urge comes on them. A short, sharp HARMLESS pain can help --- and some wear a rubber band round their wrist, and when the urge comes up, they stretch and snap the band against their wrist, and the urge passes. Some use washable red felt-tip pens, to slash a mark across their wrist, or even across a piece of bright white paper ; and then wash it off the wrist. Be creative in finding alternatives. As you know from cutting ( with all its disadvantages ) a really brief act can have more lasting calming or other effects
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