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30-05-2017, 10:57 AM
self infliction
What do you think about people who try to hurt themselves? Do you think they have a tendency to become psychotic? What are some ways of dealing with them?
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30-05-2017, 11:12 AM
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I'm no expert but from what I've read they're not psychotic. It's usually an symptom of depression or the inability to control certain aspects of their lives. Extreme stress is another reason people cut themselves or harm themselves.

Do you know someone who has this problem?

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30-05-2017, 11:33 AM
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I wouldn't think this is some sort of psychosis. As dancefortwo said, it's likely a coping mechanism for dealing with depression and/or stress or some other issue. In any case, treatment by a professional is the best course of action. I'd highly recommend seeing a therapist and my a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication to help replace an unhealthy coping mechanism with a more healthy treatment plan.

I see a therapist, and it truly helps me deal with my depression and it helps me just figure things out. I've seen a psychiatrist as well. It wasn't a big deal and I didn't feel crazy or anything. I just needed some help, and I got the help I need.
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30-05-2017, 12:54 PM
RE: self infliction
If it's a child you tell their parents and a social service agency.

If it's a family member you personally escort them to a mental health facility.

If it's an adult friend let it be known that you're there for them and if they have family that will help don't keep them in the dark.

If it's an adult you don't know well its probably best to keep it that way and mind your own business.
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30-05-2017, 12:56 PM
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PS Don't bother trying to diagnose them unless you're trained for it.
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30-05-2017, 01:08 PM
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I'm in no position to judge but I think it's a cry for help and attention. I don't mean that to be negative - anybody who needs help and attention should have it.
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30-05-2017, 01:16 PM
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Definitely. Unfortunately in America we're moving in reverse when it comes to mental health. Love and understanding are probably on the wane as well.
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31-05-2017, 07:49 PM
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For some, it's an erroneous attempt to convert mental pain into physical pain. The latter is easier to handle. It doesn't work, but continues.

Not a diagnosis and doesn't apply to all.
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01-06-2017, 02:14 AM
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My ex used to self harm, and I honestly have no idea why. I know that for the most part it was for attention, whether that be "look at me" or "help me" attention, and some of it was done to get my attention if she thought I was ignoring her.

I tried my best to help her, although she would continue to do it. We're not together any more but I do hope so found some peace with herself to stop doing that.

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01-06-2017, 11:41 AM
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There are certainly masochistic people who get sexually aroused by experiencing pain. I think in most cases though "cutters" are doing it as an emotional thing as opposed to a sex thing. I think for genuine masochists the excitement comes from giving up control and allowing someone else to inflict pain on you. Cutting is about TAKING control and causing your own pain, to deflect the pain or emotional harm caused by external forces.
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