Consider again the list of common psychological characteristics outlined on page 1. This could almost read as a list of symptoms for bipolar disorder (see our Red Flags series) most especially as it relates to those who struggle with dysphoria - that very difficult emotional state which combines the worst features of both mania and depression.
In addition, self-injury can be associated with many other disorders that frequently co-occur with bipolar disorder, including borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and others.
- I do dissociate when I cut but not always.
I cut to focus my mind when my thoughts are racing.
I cut to make physical what I feel emotionally.
I cut to see blood because I really like it.
I don't like to cut and yet I'm not sure I can give it up.
~Alysynn, on our Bipolar Disorder Forum
For Further StudyKharre's Home - offers suggestions for avoiding self-injury behavior and includes a worksheet for when the need arises to go to the hospital.
Secret Shame - top-notch site crammed with information and resources.
Resources - offers info specific to the UK and some in the USA.
Suggestions for Coping - from our community, ideas on how to deal with the urge to do self-harm.