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    oh,nd would anyone have any idea how a doctor would react at an 18 year old male who totally doesnt look the type to self harm, when they find out? especially if they're a male doctor... I am actually thinking about skipping the appointment
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    If you're not going about anything related they may not even mention it.
    Doctors have accused me of attention-seeking before, but if they don't know you it doesn't matter what they think anyway to be honest.
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    Don't skip the appointment.
    All sorts of people self-harm, the stereotypes are just that, they aren't a reflection of every self-harmer out there.
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    What are you looking to get out of visiting the doctor? They can only do so much.

    At the end of the day, only you can stop yourself harming they can't force nor make you stop. They can try to treat the things that cause the self harm for instance painful memories, depression, etc however there's little they can do to stop you using self harm as a coping mechanism other than providing alternatives to you.

    The doctor shouldn't ridicule you for the self harm and you have every right to be treated with decency. Don't go in there with any preconceptions, just tell them the truth.
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    (Original post by ~ Mandy ~)
    If you're not going about anything related they may not even mention it.
    Doctors have accused me of attention-seeking before, but if they don't know you it doesn't matter what they think anyway to be honest.
    what do you mean by "If you're not going about anything related they may not even mention it", it doesn't make that much sense to me =[
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    hey, i went to the doctors for self harm less than a week ago. i was absolutely terrified and had to be dragged there by a friend id only told about the SH a day before. the doctor was really nice and very non judgemental. they just ask you about why you think you do it etc. then i did a questionnaire about depression/ anxiety and stuff.

    i chose antidepressants (i was diagnosed with depression) and have a referal for CBT and therapy.

    and dont worry if you feel your doing it for attention, clearly self harm, even if only minor shows that you need help, which you can and will get

    in short- go for it! theres a lot they can do to help you. but if you still feel your not ready seriously consider talking to someone else, school/college councellor etc.

    good luck.
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    They'll have seen it all already so just go in there and get it out. They'll offer you different methods of support and talk it over with you without judgement. You'll feel loads better afterwards. And don't forget - it's not the severity of the self harm that matters, it's the thoughts behind it.
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    the thought of going to the doctor's about this scares the hell out of me.

    i've never let anyone find out :3

    if you feel you need it, go for it, and good for you.

    who cares if the doctor judges you, sod what the doctor thinks, go if you need to go.

    good luck.
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    (Original post by anon4042)
    what do you mean by "If you're not going about anything related they may not even mention it", it doesn't make that much sense to me =[
    You didn't say whether you were actually going to the doctor about your self harm, or something completely different. I just meant that if it's about something else and they see your arms they might not say anything. I had an injection at the surgery at home once and they didn't even mention it, even though it's impossible not to notice.
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    Very much depends on the doctor. Do you know him/her already? They will probably (hopefully) be more understanding than you think, though this doesn't take away from the fact that it is still a difficult thing to open up about. Especially if you haven't told anyone ever before...like me >.< I'd say you have nothing to lose by going.

    Edit: Oh seems like the apppointment has passed already. How did you get on...?
 
 
 
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