1-800-273-TALK or online HERE
The next time someone saw my cuts and scars it was the June before I went into 11th grade. After that I started going to a therapist who has helped me immensely. I also started going to a psychiatrist who gave me medication which has helped me more than I can describe. I have slipped up, I have cut myself since then, I haven’t been the poster child for recovery, but then who really is? I have doubted the fact that I am actually sick on good days and wondered how I could ever think something wasn’t wrong with me on the bad days. I have been diagnosed with Clinical Depression and possibly Borderline Personality Disorder.
So this letter is for you, anyone who has hurt themselves on purpose, in any way and anyone who is thinking that it might be a good idea. Your hurt is real. You shouldn’t let it escalate, because it’s not worth it. You will regret the fact that you can’t go to a water park and wear just a bathing suit because your legs are riddled with scars. You will regret the fact that two years later the scars on your thighs will still hurt to the touch because you’ve damaged the nerves. I am here to tell you that it’s not worth it. I know how good it feels. I know the release it gives you; I know that it will be the only thing you feel for days on end. I know how it can be. Talking to someone helps. Medication can help. Someone will always be there for you. I know it can feel like it never will and like I’m spouting the typical tones at you but it really does get better. I promise you it does.
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Thank you for sharing this with other teens who struggle with the same issues. For teens out there reading this, please know that there are a ton of resources out there for help online and through your doctor or therapist or counselor.
For more on self-harm on Real Talk with Dr. Offutt: CLICK HERE
and for even more information: http://www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/issues/self-harm-2
And, again, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is there to help you as well 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).