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Anxeity induced self harm

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stuart

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As I posted elsewhere, I am currently shing quite a lot. (16 times since yesterday).

I mainly cut due to anxiety. I try methods to stop it, the only really successful ones are leaving the flat for awhile. This can backfire, as my anxiety can increase while not home. Being nearer to my shing instrument can calm me a little.

I am going through bits of DBT with my CPN, as I was refused this treatment.
 
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Sorry you are struggling so much - You were probalby refused d.b.t because you aren't well enough yet - that might sound terrible but that is what they would judge if you are self harming sixteen times in one day. What coping strategies have you? Its so hard to give uo s.h because you get immediate gratification from it, but its so hard to bare with afterwards. Have you tried all the tricks such as Ice cubes under your armpits or in the hands squeezed tightly. I get a very cold shower if needs be - this is a punishment in itself but better than cutting etc.

Please try not to hurt yourself so much
KS
 
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Hiya Stuart,

Yeah getting out of the flat for a nice walk can help you not to sh. Distraction is really helpful too. Post here when you get a really strong urge and we can help you through it.

Pixie :)
 
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stuart

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Thanks for your replies. Only 5 times today so far. Once the ESA review is over, then it will reduce to every now and then. My CPN told me they are making everyone go to a medical now, no matter what there condition is, which hasn't helped with the anxiety.
 
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Well done for not sh so much today. Is there anything else you could do that would help to lower your anxiety like deep breathing and relaxation cds? I find these techniques really helpful.
 
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stuart

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My CPN went through breathing and relaxation techniques earlier today. It works well for low level anxiety.
 
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I'm glad your nurse has gone through this with you. It takes practice. I have severe anxiety and it helps me. I'm on AD's and AP's too though.
 
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