All throughout Middle and High School I had trouble with self-harm. I tried to stop multiple times but only ended up making it worse, and at one point abusing pain pills instead. A few months ago I decided to try to stop for good, but I've been lower than ever. I've always felt really self-conscious and bad about myself, but lately it's been worse than usual. I've been feeling so down that I don't want to go to any of my classes or do any other activities. I just don't want to feel like this anymore and I've been contemplating starting to self harm again. How do I make these feelings and urges go away? Is there anything that I can do?
There are many students who struggle with similar issues of self harm to help relieve emotional pain and stress so it is something we see commonly. There are successful approaches to help manage this, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which is a counseling technique that assists you in learning behavioral strategies that reduce the compulsion to self harming, as well as medication that reduces anxiety and depression. I suggest starting with a free consultation of the Counseling Center (650-3164) to learn more about the non-pharmacologic treatment approaches and if they feel it would be helpful, a free mental health/medication consultation with one of the psychiatrists at the Health Center (650-3400)
This can be overcome with time and treatment.