Self Harm is Normal
How scary is that for those of us who don’t understand it? There are so many people out there that when they read the title, they’ll get it. They will understand. But those that don’t get it, they say “How is that NORMAL?” Well, it is. And here’s why.
If you look up pretty much any mental disorder, one of the symptoms is… You guessed it! Self Harm!
- Depression: Self Harm
- Bipolar: Self Harm
- BPD: Self Harm
- PTSD: Self Harm
Schizophrenia: Self Harm (reliance on drugs or alcohol)
It’s all tied together. And it’s everywhere. Self harm is linked to so many things that people like me say, hey that’s normal. Everyone I know that has a disorder is a self harmer and there’s a lot wrong with that, but it’s normal. Self harm doesn’t mean that we are out for attention, and it doesn’t always mean that we cut ourselves.
There are many forms of self harm:
- Cutting is always number one (everyone knows that one)
- Pulling your hair out
- Slapping yourself
- breaking bones
The list, honestly, could go on. And I’m going to link alcoholism and drug use in there too, because you are hurting yourself with it.
It’s normal, and it’s scary. But it doesn’t have to be a secret. It doesn’t have to be a shameful thing. We all need to talk about it. Get it out in the open for people to discuss and know that they aren’t alone in this struggle. Because after all, that’s what we’re doing. We’re struggling. Ans we are all in this together. So don’t be surprised when you see unexplained marks on someone, they are struggling like you are.
Posted on April 3, 2014, in Mental Health, Support and tagged Bipolar, BPD, Depression, let's talk about it, mental disorder, mental illness, mental-health, Schizophrenia, self injury, Self-Harm, Support. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.