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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

Thanks for the clarification, @SarahS

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

ps. i think im the only crazy who gets into a psychologist office and is like HOLY SHIT THESE ARE MY PROBLEMS HERE ARE ALL 500 OF THEM PLS RESPOND NOW

lanejane

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

@MiaMouse1 

Welcome to the forums and thank you for such an informative first post!

 

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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

(oh oh hi @MiaMouse1 - nice to meet you Smiley Happy )

lanejane

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

I know I worry about my psychologist not understanding the point I'm trying to make. If something's scary to talk about, it can be hard to describe. 

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@lanejane LOL! I think its pretty common to 'avoid' thinking about problems until you step into the psychologists office

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Okay, based on that explaination of RSI, I would have to agree with @lanejane in that it depends on whether you are doing it to inflict pain, or you are just practicing the clarinet.

Shout out to whomever asked the question, YOU ROCK! I used to play the clarinet. I want to get back into it, coz I cant sing to save my life.

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

Okay, lets have a look at Sarah's response!

 

Sometimes I play my clarinet until my arm hurts (I have

RSI) on purpose, but I don't do 'typical' types of

self injury any more. Is what I do actually self injury? How do I explain it to

my psychologist?

 

 @SarahS Said

It is important to clarify why you do this. If your aim is to feel

physical pain for its own sake, it definitely fits the bill of self-

injury. If you play until your arm hurts because you are using

that pain like a yardstick to measure an ‘adequate’ practice

session length, then it might be more related to perfectionism. I

would suggest that you monitor your thoughts and feelings

before, during and after doing it, to get a clear understanding of

why you do it.

 

In terms of your psychologist, I think saying exactly what you’ve

said here would be fine: “I purposefully play my clarinet until my

arm hurts”. Also, if you can track your thoughts and feelings

before you talk to your psychologist, you will be able to help her

to understand even better about what is going on. It might help

to remember that these kinds of behaviours are not uncommon,

so don’t feel embarrassed about talking about it.

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

@MiaMouse1 Absolutely. And when the fear strikes, it can cloud your thoughts. 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Self injury: riding the wave of distressed emotions

In answer to talking with psychologists, definitely make sure you see one that you can talk to, if you don't click with one, ask for another. This can be done at the desk when making a new appointment if you were referred to a centre or ask your GP to write out a new referral.

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ