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Default How common is it to think about self-injury?

This is my first time writing about something like this, so forgive me if I donít make a lot of sense. Recently, Iíve found myself thinking about self-injury more and more. Several years ago, if the image ever popped into my head Iíd push it out again right away and give it no more thought. However, over the last few days/weeks/months (I honestly have no idea how long itís been), the idea of taking a knife/razor and cutting my wrists/arms with it has been popping into my head more and more, and it takes more effort to make the idea go away. The idea of actually thinking about self-injury is usually enough to shock me and put the image out of my head, but Iím concerned that itís happening more regularly. I tell myself itís something Iíll never do, but I am worried about how things have escalated.

I want to clarify that I have never actually self-injured in the above method. If Iím really stressed, I might run my nails across my wrists a few times (or more, if Iím really stressed). If Iím alone and feeling really bad I might want to hit my head on something (e.g. a desk) or maybe take an object and hit myself over the head with it. Neither of these has happened often, but they have happened. Thatís the closest Iíve come though.

Simply through the idea of auto suggestion, itís impossible to *never* think about self-harm, but Iím starting to worry Iím thinking about it too much, even if I tell myself Iíll never do it. I suppose Iím writing this because I want to know if I should be concerned about this. What should I do?
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Well... I don't know how common it is to think about self-injury. I think about it pretty-much all the time. (I also have a lot of passive suicidal thoughts.) I've never cut. But I have permanent problems related to self-harming I done in the past.

Should you be concerned? Yes, my personal, non-professional opinion would be you should be concerned. I don't think you should be scaredÖ but certainly to be concerned would be appropriate I would think. Something is driving this spate of self-injurious thinking. And, at least based on my own experiences, this sort of thing has a way of wearing you down over time. So my thinking would be that it might be best to talk all of this through with someone in real life if that is a possibility for you.
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Yes, I think one should be concerned in situations like this. Thoughts can give way to actions. Do you have a therapist? It would be good to talk to someone irl who can help you. HUGS Kit.
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Well... I don't know how common it is to think about self-injury. I think about it pretty much all the time. I've never cut, but I have permanent problems related to self-harming I done in the past.

Should you be concerned? Yes, my personal, non-professional opinion would be you should be concerned. I don't think you should be scaredÖ but certainly to be concerned would be appropriate I would think. Something is driving this spate of self-injurious thinking. And, at least based on my own experiences, this sort of thing has a way of wearing you down over time. So my thinking would be that it might be best to talk all of this through with someone in real life if that is a possibility for you.
Thank you to both of you for your responses. I only know how to quote one of you though, so sorry I can't "reply" to you both directly in the same message. I also apologise with not responding so soon. I don't get much time during the week to sit down at my computer and type out a proper response, but I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my problems.

I am looking at getting an appointment to talk to someone (in a professional capacity) who may be able to help. I called my doctor. Unfortunately, the earliest appointment I could get is about a month away, so I'm just going to have to hold on until then. My mood has been more stable since last week, so I'm hoping it continues.

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I'm sorry the earliest appointment is still so far away. Keep writing here if it helps. We are listening. And we are caring about you. HUGS Kit
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I think that if you WANT to do it, it's concerning. But I have invasive thoughts sometimes, things I would never act on. When I get scared by them and try my hardest not to think of it, they bother me. But if I actually consider it I quickly realize how ridiculous the thought it and it helps me to dismiss it more permanently. I'm not sure if that's the same with thoughts of self injury. When I have those thoughts, it's something that I have done and want to do so it's more concerning for me.
So I guess what I'm saying is that maybe the reason you're having the thought repeatedly is because it alarmed you so much to have it at all, and your anxiety is related to having an unwanted thought and not because you actually want to hurt yourself.
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