****Trigger Warning**** I'm new to this, a close friend s

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****Trigger Warning****

I'm new to this, a close friend suggested I try support groups because I have trouble interacting with people face to face. Recently I've started self harming in the form of cutting. imo it's not serious physically but mentally I need the help because it's all I think about. I've spent the past 6 months or so in a haze of feeling empty and numb. I went from being homeless to having a roof over my head in this time. Things are going better than they have in a while so I thought the numbness would fade away. I'm in a long term (10 years) relationship and to the extent of his knowledge I am struggling with depression and have been looking into what my options are. I have not and will not tell him about the self harm. In regards to that I feel my pain has to be constant. I've started on an area of the topside of my wrist near the bone so that my sweater rubs and irritates it. They aren't deep, or large. But I know everything about what I am doing is wrong and continue to do it. It feels better than feeling nothing, I guess. My question is what medical routes should I take? I don't wish to die so I don't feel I need admitted to a hospital. Just unsure if I should seek therapy or give medications a try. I feel very lost with this topic.

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Jan 10

I am so sorry to hear about your struggle. For some people cutting is something that is hard to understand, but I actually know a few friends who struggle with It and It is really hard. I really feel for you and hope you can feel comfortable to talk to someone about It and look for help. I would highly encourage you seeking help from a professional counselor and find out the root of the problem. Here is an article that I find very informative and perhaps It will shed some light:

http://bit.ly/2EvqbHw

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Jan 10

Thanks for the kind words and the advice. It's not something I ever thought I would do. After floating around a few of these sites I feel like maybe they aren't the place for me? Compared to other people with this habit I feel like I've got these tiny little scratches while others are suffering terribly.

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Jan 12

I would highly recommend talking to a professional counselor or at least a support group that you can meet face to face. I know It is hard for you to talk to people, but many times that bring the problem out in the open and actually helps the healing process before It gets worse.

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