Is snapping a rubber band on your wrist /arm SH? Watch

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Does it count as self harm or not?
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I think it depends on the intention behind it, if you're attempting to hurt yourself then yes.
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I think it depends on the intention behind it, if you're attempting to hurt yourself then yes.
As an alternative.As a coping mechanism.
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Well technically, yes but it's still a good coping mechanism
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As an alternative.As a coping mechanism.
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As an alternative.As a coping mechanism.
Like to distract yourself from other pain/distress?

I'd say it could be classed as self harm in that scenario, but as I said it really depends on the context and what you perceive it to be.
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Does it count as self harm or not?
I'd certainly not recommend it. I can think of at least ten good alternatives.
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Like to distract yourself from other pain/distress?

I'd say it could be classed as self harm in that scenario, but as I said it really depends on the context and what you perceive it to be.
Alternative from another method that is perceived as bad.I don't know why I do it sometimes,but it's a need.
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Technically I suppose but it is a lot less harmful, in fact the 'rubber band method' is a common technique doctor's recommend to patients who have trouble with self harm as a safe alternative
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Technically I suppose but it is a lot less harmful, in fact the 'rubber band method' is a common technique doctor's recommend to patients who have trouble with self harm as a safe alternative
That's what I use it for,personally.Do you use it yourself?And am I at risk of any damage by doing this?
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Does it count as self harm or not?
Yes it does (technically as Cavy said) - because it causes pain. If you tie it too tight it could cause harm (and potentially lasting damage).
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Yes it does. If you tie it too tight it could cause harm.
I don't tie it around,I just put it on,snap it in different places until I think I had enough and take it off.
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That's what I use it for,personally.Do you use it yourself?And am I at risk of any damage by doing this?
Doubt anyone (including Cavy) would know without actually seeing what you are doing, and how much pressure you are applying.

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I don't tie it around,I just put it on,snap it in different places until I think I had enough and take it off.
I can't encourage self harm / infliction of pain.
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Alternative from another method that is perceived as bad.I don't know why I do it sometimes,but it's a need.
Then yes, it's self-harm, but it's a lot safer compared to other methods.
So although I don't encourage self-harm, you're better off doing this than resulting to something more rash.
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That's what I use it for,personally.Do you use it yourself?And am I at risk of any damage by doing this?
Wouldn't think it would cause any damage just by twanging it, ideally you wouldn't be doing anything at all but it is akin to how vaping is preferable than smoking but doing nothing is preferable still. You should be fine :hugs: have you tried ice cubes as well?
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I heard its effective as a coping mechanism. I guess it is 'self harm' in a sense but its not in the same league as cutting.
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Wouldn't think it would cause any damage just by twanging it, ideally you wouldn't be doing anything at all but it is akin to how vaping is preferable than smoking but doing nothing is preferable still. You should be fine :hugs: have you tried ice cubes as well?
Vaping looks very uncool.
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Wouldn't think it would cause any damage just by twanging it, ideally you wouldn't be doing anything at all but it is akin to how vaping is preferable than smoking but doing nothing is preferable still. You should be fine :hugs: have you tried ice cubes as well?
No I haven;t tried ice cubes.Im just on edge :/
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No I haven;t tried ice cubes.Im just on edge :/
Doctors who deal with mental health often recommend rubbing some ice on your skin to get a sensation without damaging yourself , you could try that if you are worried about the rubber band method
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Technically it's self harm as you're still intentionally trying to cause yourself physical pain but it's a much safer alternative than cutting, burning etc
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