Self-harm is when you hurt yourself on purpose. This includes, swallowing harmful chemicals, cutting yourself, overdosing and many more. One of the most common forms of self-harm is cutting. A lot of people get judged for self-harming, because they apparently want attention. This is just a stereotype. Some people do self-harm for attention, but not everyone. Most people self-harm as a form of escape, or to show they have feelings, or to show how they feel on the inside on the outside. Not many people understand cutting and they think it's stupid. They don't understand how addictive cutting is, once you start it becomes a sort of painkiller, a way to release the pain you're feeling inside. Also don't say to someone who cuts that it's for attention. If someone walks around with their scars showing it could mean they want attention, or it could mean that they aren't afraid to show people that they had cut... Sometimes it means that they want people to like them mistakes and all. I know all of this because I cut myself for two years. I managed to stop after telling my parents. It's a hard thing to stop once you've started, it's very addictive. If you know someone who cuts themselves just be there for them, if they want to talk about it let them ramble on until they've gotten it all out; that way they won't feel like no-one's listening. Make sure they know that you care because it always helps knowing that someone is there for you
"You self-harmed? What's wrong?!"
"Everything.... I just feel like no-one understands"
"Tell me what's up, and I'll try my hardest to understand"
by jdhfvkreodcnuwehsimc329283 May 20, 2013
Self harm is self explanatory. It is inflicting physical pain on your body through cutting, burning, hitting, and many other things. Self harm can also be considered abusing drugs harmful to your body. Usually it takes alot of mental and emotional pain. As a victim of self harm i had cut and burned. If you have ever cut or self harmed then you know what this is and why you did it. It offers you a release to your mental and emotional pain by distracting it with physical pain. It becomes an addiction and its hard to stop. At first it hurts. But then the more you do it, it becomes numb. It will only get worse and worse. If you are self harming, thinking of self harming, or used to self harm, know this, you are not helping yourself. Your hurting yourself even worse. I have scars on my arms that will not fade away. I was addicted and couldnt stop. You will regret it. You will be insecure about it. You are beautiful. Whether you are a male or female you are beautiful. You dont need to do this to yourself. Because it feels good at the moment, but crushes you at the next. Stay strong. Dont hurt yourself please
Why do you self harm your body
by musicbaby July 03, 2014
The act of intentionally harming one's self without the intent to die. The most common forms are cutting, burning, scratching, excessive skin picking, and pulling out hair. Some less common forms are head-banging, bone breaking, self poisoning through ingesting toxic things, and even amputation. Some people also consider smoking, disordered eating, and excessive alcohol consumption to be forms of self harm.
For the most part, self-harm is not an attention-seeking behavior. Most often it is a coping mechanism which serves to get relief from overwhelming emotions. It may also be a way to punish one's self. Self harm releases endorphins, chemicals whose function is to decrease pain, which makes an individual feel better, possibly even euphoric.
When I'm angry or depressed, I feel like the only thing I can do is self harm. It's the only way I know how to make myself feel better.
by SomethingWiccaThisWayComes November 08, 2014
A word used along with a *motion* of self-harm.
"Grace spoke to me"

"Ahhh! Self-harm! *motion*"
by Pete Bennett Rocks Your Socks October 28, 2006
Self-Harm is the new Suicide.

Self-Harm is like Suicide with all of the short-term pain, low-self esteem, lack of respect for yourself, friends and family, etc, but none of the long-term side-effects (i.e. Death).

Self-Harm is basically Suicide for the Commitment-Phobic.
When I were a lad we had nowt to do wi' this Self-harm malarkey.
by Dr Pinch October 14, 2006
To wank or masturbate
Dave: You alright there Steve you look a little uncomfortable?
Steve: Nah mate my nob is red raw, I overinduleged in some self harm whilst watching loose women earlier.
by superjac March 27, 2008
To harm yourself when depressed or emo generaly across or up the arm/wrist but sometimes hearts n stars are cut into ones arm as a sign of love for their other half
emo mike:i love you so much i cut a neurotic star in my arm.
emo deb: omfg, its true love
chav:self harm, must be emo
by stephanie joanne September 30, 2006

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