Self-harming is a form of risk limitation carried out by anxiety disorder sufferers.
By performing certain, often self-mutilating, compulsions, the sufferer gets temporary relief from their high level symptoms and obsessive thoughts.
This process is caused 'safety seeking' and is a vital element of the fight or flight response.
Of course, in anxiety disorders it doesn't have a useful function because no real risk exists, so its presence generates inappropriate responses like self-harming, agoraphobia, OCD and other safety seeking behaviours.
Eating disorder sufferers experience the same effect when controlling food intake or vomiting (in the case of Bulimia).
Ex Self-Harmer, Hollie Roberts, on how quickly she recovered after months of failed treatments at a top London psychiatric hospital
Self-harming is not associated with suicide. Despite vocalizing thoughts around 'wishing they were dead' anxiety disorder sufferers do not take their own lives; in fact, this is the last thing they would want or do. Sometimes, unfortunately, people fail to regulate their self-harming and have passed away as a result. View More Reviews
Anxious people often describe themselves as 'too scared to live and too scared to die". Whilst being dead would be easier, they do not wish to die.
Self-harming is more about the sensation used as a distraction or a release than it is about wanting to cause damage. Whilst some people have recognised a trend in these behaviours, we recognize strongly that this is not a 'fad' but a general increase in this particular group of anxiety disorders.
Self-harming is 'obsessive compulsive' and no different from any other manifestation of obsessive behaviours. Self-harming is NOT depression. It is NOT psychosis. It is NOT mental illness... despite looking and seeming so 'wrong', it's actually more associated with biting your nails or chewing your lip, than it is to any form of mental illness. It just manifests so catastrophically that it appears to be a deeper issue.
Psychology tends to categorize and sub-categorize in a constant cycle designed to control patients, to build on service provision and to maintain jobs within the sector - this in no way changes their inability to create recovery, that is constant.
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