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Self-injurer

Fri, Jul 14th 2000

I am a self injurer. I have been doing this ever since I've been about 3 years of age. I also dissociate a lot, and feel unreal. Lately, this behavior is happening more and more, and I'm getting scared. I sort of think I should see a Doctor or somebody, but am not sure how to approach one. Doctors (most people, actually) really scare me, and part of me really wants to tell somebody about this because it is bigger and scarier than I am, but every time I open my mouth to speak the truth about something upsetting, I clam up. I get nervous just walking past a walk-in clinic, never mind if I was to go inside and actually *see* somebody. Where I live, most people treat self-injurers like freaks, still. I am a teenager, too. Do you have any advice? Please answer.

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