The Perils of the Holiday Season
“This the season to be jolly…” Ho F—-ing Ho! College Students come home for a number of weeks, and most families get together for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s. While for many it’s a time to rejoice, see loved ones etc., it’s also a time of great challenge for those of you who cut , burn, or engage in any form of self harm. Seeing Uncle Binky who “binked you” when you were...
Bullying & Cutting
I hate bullies. When I was young I was a victim of many of them. They were the “cool kids” and I was short and fat. While I never thought about cutting (we didn’t know about this back in the 60’s. But I do know about hurting so badly that I wanted to end my life. My parents weren’t helpful. They were too busy with their lives. So when I came home crying at 14 (“Be a man and stop crying”), because...
Self Harm, Depression, and Suicide:
A friend of mine just got off the phone with me and told me to go to this You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=TdkNn3Ei-Lg The title is “What’s Going On,” and it is heartbreaking. It worth the 4 minutes of your time. If you are a parent like me, you’ll never want to see your child in the pain that this boy is in. Not everyone is a “Barbie or Ken” doll (am...
2nd Self Harm Blog
I just finished a session with a 17 year old teenager. She has been cutting for two years. No one ever found out. No one cared. Melinda (not her real name) was raped by her uncle when she was 8 years old. When she went crying to her mother, seeking safety and calming she got slapped in the face. Her mother told her that if she ever told those lies again that she would be driven into the woods at...