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5 Things You Shouldn't Do or Say to Someone Who Self-Harms

I have struggled with self-harm since I was a kid. Most of us are aware of the tantrums kids put up when they are upset. They hit others, drop to the floor, scream and cry. When I felt overwhelmed by certain emotions, in particular, anger or sadness, I would use my hands to hit my head. I had trouble identifying and regulating my emotions. My primary school counselor told me I had anger management challenges when I shared with her how I found myself unable to control my anger and would hit myself or the wall.

Little did I know that these behaviors were early signs and symptoms to what would become a diagnosis of major depressive disorder and dissociative/personality disorder traits given to me in my 20s.

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