This post contains “Self Harm Addiction Quiz” along with resources to get help.
What Is Self-Harm?
Self-harm is something people do purposely to harm themselves physically, without intending to kill themselves.
Some of the most common forms of self-harm include: cutting, burning, biting, punching or hitting oneself. Self-harm can also include scratching or picking at the skin to the point of causing scrapes or cuts.
Related: Addiction To Self Harm: Top 5 Steps To Overcome It
Self Harm Addiction Quiz
The following questions represent common signs of self-harm addiction:
#1. Do you often struggle with strong, seemingly uncontrollable urges to harm yourself?
#2. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about self-harm, planning self-harm, or trying to figure out when you can harm yourself?
#3. Do you tend to feel overwhelming urges to engage in self-harm when you see a knife or razor or other self-harm forms you typically use?
#4. Do you often self-harm when you are experiencing overwhelming or difficult emotion?
#5. Did you try to stop but have been unable to do so?
#6. Is self-harm creating problems in your life (e.g. isolating you from other people)?
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This quiz is for informational purposes only. It is not meant as a diagnostic or assessment tool.
The questions above represent common signs of self-harm addiction. If you answered yes to most of these questions, then self-harm addiction may be a problem for you.
Related: How To Cope With A Self-Harm Relapse? Top 5 Steps
If you feel suicidal call 988. If you’re not in The USA check out this list of hotlines.
Numbing Comes At A Cost
Dr. Brené Brown points out that “we cannot selectively numb.”
This means that we cannot choose which emotions we feel and which we don’t. When we numb painful feelings, we also numb pleasurable ones.
What to Do If You Struggle with Self-Harm
Although some people recover from self-harm on their own, many find it challenging to stop this behavior, especially when self-harm becomes an addiction.
A mental health professional can help you uncover underlying issues and learn healthier ways of coping with difficult times.
Psychologist Locator and the National Register are two websites for locating psychologists in the USA.
Online therapy is also an option. It can be much more affordable than in-person therapy, but can be equally effective. (source)
I recommend Calmerry for affordable online therapy.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.
- Cornell University’s Self-injury & Recovery Resources (SIRR) provides links and resources to self injury information.
- Headspace – provides free early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. 1800 650 890 or eheadspace Support | headspace
- Calm Harm – a free app developed by psychologists to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.