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Self-Harming Attention Seeker

Mon, Mar 31st 2003

I need help. No-one listens when I tell them that I do need help. I have suffered from depression for over 3 years now and am also a self harmer, also for 3 years. I have been seeking attention in different ways now for a few months, often cutting myself so that I can go to hospital. I know this isn't healthy, but my psychiatrist isn't very good and doesn't help me very much. I used to work in a doctors surgery as a receptionist and used to think up ways to get the nurses' attention, but cutting myself, pretending to faint etc, and I think of doing this wherever I am now. I might be out shopping and think I could pretend to faint just to get some attention. I know I need help but I just don't' know what the next step would be. I've asked for a CPN but my Psychiatrist feels I don't need one, just some counseling, which i've had in the past, as well as CBT, both of which weren't very helpful as I'm harming more than before I had the therapy. This attention seeking is beginning to take over my life and I really need some help to overcome it. Please help me.

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