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I live in another city and my parents keep a constant tab on me, I’m always anxious and punish myself by cutting and hurting myself.

Question : I’m a student who lives away from home in another city. My parents have never trusted me and kept a check on me by constantly calling. Although I’m not doing anything wrong, I’m always scared and anxious when they call and often hurt myself by cutting and find it satisfying as a way to punish myself.  I want to stop but I don’t know how? Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

I’m so sorry you are hurting that bad. I can imagine how difficult this must be for you. Let’s explore your anxiety and help you deal with this emotional state more effectively so you can cope better. Here are a few active ways to deal with this:

  • You can use methods to divert your mind by using diversion tips
  • You can employ the coping techniques to help you make healthier choices

Here’s how you do this. Sometimes we feel that harming ourselves will make us feel better about ourselves and our situat.....

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