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Hey there! Let’s begin with the basics of me. My name is Caitlin Jones, and I have been growing up in a country town in Victoria, Australia for the past 20 years of my life. At the moment I am studying a Bachelor of Media and Communication majoring in Social Media; ironic, I know. And when I finish with that accomplishment, I am wanting to complete a PhD in the same field, as I am in love with learning in the media and communication area; again, ironic, I know. Oh and if you haven’t noticed already, I suffer from mental illnesses, in particular, anxiety and depression. You can read my blog posts to get the update on that!

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The Basics of Self-Harm

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Self-harm isn’t just cutting; a person can injure themselves through an unlimited amount of methods and practices, most that go unnoticed.

Some types of self-harm include:

  • cutting, picking, scratching, tearing, piercing, carving or burning skin areas
  • punching, bruising, hitting, grazing, pulling or puncturing themselves and/or other objects
  • misusing, abusing, or overdosing on alcohol, drugs, or medication
  • deprivation or overindulgent of food
  • interfering with wound healing processes; picking persistently at a specific spot, e.g., scab created through self injury and is continuously tampered with, generating a repeating cycle.

The idea behind the concept is to create a coping mechanism to battle the emotional suffering and rage, through intentionally inflicted injury to oneself. However, it only brings a temporary relief of composure and distraction to suffers, with the consciousness of remorse and shame following after, accompanied by the actions of self-harm returning.

For me, I am continuously picking, scratching, tearing, and pulling my skin. I see a discolouration, doesn’t even have to be a pimple, but I get the tweezers and sewing needles out and try to dissect it. 95% of the time there is nothing under the surface of the skin, but I go further deep. I have numerous scars all over my legs, arms, face, chest, shoulders, & back; everywhere on my body. In addition, I interfere with the healing wounds.

I do these ‘procedures’ for one particular reason.

One, it’s a distraction from my emotions. I have my whole attention focused on the physical pain of the activity, that the emotional distress I have is overseen; a brief time where I don’t feel severely anxious and depressed, a rarity for me.

If you know me personally you might of heard me refer to the scars and scabs as a ‘rash,’ it isn’t something I wanted to admit to; therefore I had to find a reasonable coverup. I have also gone to the effort in hiding my scars on my legs in particular by either wearing a long skirt or jeans this summer and even editing them out in photos.

Here is a photo where my scars are visible.

There is so much to cover and understand about self-harm, that is why this post is the beginning of a 5-part series “Self-Harm & Self-Reflection” to provide insight, create awareness, and to interpret self-inflicted harm. Make sure you are subscribed to the blog, to ensure that you don’t miss a post!

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