I use self harm as a grounding technique for panic attacks. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, but pain snaps me into the present when nothing else can. I think I’m addicted to it, not because I want to commit bye-bye, but I just want something as effective to get me out of an episode. Any ideas?
Hey just noticed there’s no other comments here so I wanted to tell you you aren’t alone! I completely understand your reasoning and sh is most definitely an addictive form of serotonin rush, since I’m also diagnosed with a panic disorder I can understand way more than you’d think!
There’s all of the usuals like rubber bands and suckers and drawing on yourself but there’s also other ways, I’ve found the most help through people I completely trust, when I’m having a panic attack I’ll send a quick text asking for help or if I can manage I’ll go to them myself, they hold me through the panic attack and tell me how everything’s gonna be ok.
Rubber band snapping or holding an ice cube in a fist.
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