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Brand-New Grown-Ups: Dealing with Self Harm

6 Jul , 2016   Matt   Video

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I don’t know what prompted me to suggest this as a BNGU topic. It could be argued that the subject matter isn’t in keeping with the normal tone of our show. Maybe not, but it is certainly something we’ve had to adjust to as a young married couple. Pauline probably had more adjusting to do than I did, since self harm has not been part of her own experience.

That’s not to say I stepped lightly from being single with self-destructive tendencies to being married. Before Pauline, my dark periods were primarily my own concern. Friends and family (particularly my mother) would step in when my depression was excessive, but I was generally able to keep the self harm hidden.

I don’t mean I never spoke of it to anyone other than Pauline, or that no one ever noticed, but her presence in my life has made it much more difficult to hide. Unfortunately, I must admit the behavior hasn’t been completely dismantled. Some forms of self harm are not immediately visible, and sometimes (speaking only for myself) it simply doesn’t “matter” that other people will notice. At least not in the critical moment.

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this episode do not constitute professional and/or medical advice. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression or thoughts of self harm, please seek professional help immediately.


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