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What are some healthy coping mechanisms to replace self harming?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Self harming

First, give yourself credit in having the ability to change your life in positive ways.
You really can. Stay away from alcohol & drugs -- these affect your ability to make healthy decisions. When tempted to self-injure, reach out to a friend, contact a support group, or use relaxation/calm breathing methods. Dbt therapy may help - work w/therapist & get dbt skills workbook by mckay (see photo).

In brief: Self harming

First, give yourself credit in having the ability to change your life in positive ways.
You really can. Stay away from alcohol & drugs -- these affect your ability to make healthy decisions. When tempted to self-injure, reach out to a friend, contact a support group, or use relaxation/calm breathing methods. Dbt therapy may help - work w/therapist & get dbt skills workbook by mckay (see photo).
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Robert Gerstman
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Positive thoughts

It's good to keep an index card with a couple positive thoughts on it and refer to it often when you feel like self harming and hopefully you will not self harm.

In brief: Positive thoughts

It's good to keep an index card with a couple positive thoughts on it and refer to it often when you feel like self harming and hopefully you will not self harm.
Dr. Robert Gerstman
Dr. Robert Gerstman
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Self Abuse

Aerobic exercise for at least 40 to 50 minutes 4 to 6 times a week can change your brain chemistry for the better. Confiding in friends and giving to others gives a person a mental vacation from yourself.
Also good diet and proper sleep as well as positive relationships are keys to better care of yourself. Best.

In brief: Self Abuse

Aerobic exercise for at least 40 to 50 minutes 4 to 6 times a week can change your brain chemistry for the better. Confiding in friends and giving to others gives a person a mental vacation from yourself.
Also good diet and proper sleep as well as positive relationships are keys to better care of yourself. Best.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Self harming

Art work is worth a try.
Also, staying physically active & in the company of ones u trust

In brief: Self harming

Art work is worth a try.
Also, staying physically active & in the company of ones u trust
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Coping w/self harm

It is always best to consult with a professional Clinical Psychologist to learn the coping mechanisms that will be specifically suited to you - not just generalized things you read about.
This is a very personal matter and your issues are critical to discovering what will work for you. Hopefully you will find the right doctor with whom you can develop a healing relationship.

In brief: Coping w/self harm

It is always best to consult with a professional Clinical Psychologist to learn the coping mechanisms that will be specifically suited to you - not just generalized things you read about.
This is a very personal matter and your issues are critical to discovering what will work for you. Hopefully you will find the right doctor with whom you can develop a healing relationship.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Dr. Judith Tellerman
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