autism: self injury, do you do that ?

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09 Mar 2012, 1:17 pm

i beat myself in the legs alot,
i do it to redirect my hands so they dont hit my head , i used to hit objects instead of my legs as a previous redirection from hitting my head, but i evenntually rederectied it to my legs. when i would hit objects, my door has been smashed of its inges more than once, now i dont have a door, the council put a new door recently and i smashed it off its hinges, the door is usless now as it has a masive crack in it, and now my door frame is cracked (where the hinges go) . i raley hit objects now, mostly my legs instead (and somtimes my head..)
i have massive and i mean massive bruises on my legs.
i repetetly smack my legs with my fists, somtimes not even realising (but thats only when i do it lightly) .
my mum has to grab my arms until i stop.

im ment to be getting help but its all just "getting sorted".................

do you self injure like that ? like hitting head or legs or objects with fists? im guessing its a autism thing?


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09 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

Not something I do, in general, although I know of others who have some issues with that.
What is true for me, though, is that sitting in one position for over five minutes leads to me getting the near-irresistible urge to just kick my legs out regardless of what's in front of me, or stand up for a while. I also build up a lot of frustration when forced to sit in uncomfortable chairs, to the point where I stop working and start insulting.

Do you build up a similar type of frustration?



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09 Mar 2012, 1:31 pm

HisDivineMajesty wrote:
Do you build up a similar type of frustration?


i dont realy know


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09 Mar 2012, 1:32 pm

It's an autism thing, and a depression thing, and a borderline thing, and an anxiety-disorder thing, and a schizophrenia thing, and... etc., etc.

Self-injury is quite common for anyone under a good deal of stress, as autistic people are.

And, yeah, I've had issues with it.

Are you OK with your mom grabbing your hands when you're hurting yourself, or does that make things worse for you because she's grabbing you? If it were me, I'd hate it; but I know some people are OK with it, especially if they're the ones who arranged it ahead of time with the other person.


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09 Mar 2012, 1:34 pm

Callista wrote:
It's an autism thing, and a depression thing, and a borderline thing, and an anxiety-disorder thing, and a schizophrenia thing, and... etc., etc.

Self-injury is quite common for anyone under a good deal of stress, as autistic people are.

And, yeah, I've had issues with it.
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09 Mar 2012, 3:35 pm

I have done things like that and I do similar things - definitely an ASD-thing for me.

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when i would hit objects, my door has been smashed of its inges more than once, now i dont have a door, the council put a new door recently and i smashed it off its hinges, the door is usless now as it has a masive crack in it, and now my door frame is cracked (where the hinges go) .


I also wrecked the hinges of my door countless times since childhood but my mom always repaired it and later I repaired it myself. I fixed the hinges to the door with hot glue - think that could work for your frame and door too?

Depending on the damage to the frame (and depending on how long it will take for you to get yet another new door), you could also fix that with clue and tape or have someone else do it for you.

If the door is not cracked in two entirely, you could paste cardboard or paper (newspaper or normal blank paper) over the crack to stabilize it and so that there won't be any splinters randomly poking out.


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09 Mar 2012, 3:43 pm

I don't do that. I don't think I've ever done that.


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09 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

When I was much younger, my parents were very verbally and physically abusive so I had a lot more self-desctructive behaviours to deal with that than I do currently.

I routinely pulled out all of my eyelashes and eyebrows and pulled out a lot of my head hair too.

By high school, I channeled those impulses into breaking things in my environment. My favorite thing to do was melt crayons on radiators which resulted in a lot of skin burns (I still do this but I have candles in jars now...but I still get lots of burns.). I don't think the goal was to burn myself but I never really took any precautions against it so subconsciously maybe it was a goal of the activity?? :?

Finally, in college, I learned to buy cases of cheap/inexpensive glasses/plates/dishes of any kind to throw against my front door (it was made of metal) and shatter. The noise...and the fact that I had control of the noise calmed me down. That seemed to prevent me from hurting myself.

Now that i am independent, I don't seem to hurt myself except when I play with my candles. Having control over my environment seems to help a lot.



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09 Mar 2012, 4:22 pm

Didn't realize it could be a form of self harm until I saw someone else bring it up here on these forums, but I guess I have a bad habit of skin picking. Nothing really severe compared to what's been mentioned in this thread, but I'd still like to get to stop. It's not like I'm particularly depressed or anxious anything, either; seems I just do it because it's, well, there to be picked at.


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09 Mar 2012, 4:34 pm

Nah, I don't really do anything like that. I hope it gets sorted out for you though.


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09 Mar 2012, 4:41 pm

Nothing really serious, but when I was in elementary school I picked the skin underneath my fingernails, and my fingernails.. Middleschool bit the inside of my cheeks. The only thing I do now is pick my fingernails. I have done that long enough that I am able to do it without it being painful (not saying numb, but I don't make it hurt)


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09 Mar 2012, 6:02 pm

Boxman108 wrote:
Didn't realize it could be a form of self harm until I saw someone else bring it up here on these forums, but I guess I have a bad habit of skin picking. Nothing really severe compared to what's been mentioned in this thread, but I'd still like to get to stop. It's not like I'm particularly depressed or anxious anything, either; seems I just do it because it's, well, there to be picked at.


Nothing really bad about that. At times, pieces of skin next to my fingernails seem to come loose as a result of regular activities like writing.
I then proceed to pick off those pieces of skin, as they're really annoying. It's a bit sore for a few seconds, and eventually new skin just grows where old skin used to be.

I did the same to my lips for a while years ago, but that was a bad idea - it was winter, and they just became drier and hurt more.



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09 Mar 2012, 7:10 pm

I throw things and sometimes I hit myself too. I try to stay away from the upper body. I don't always do it from stress. My body gets numb and it's fun to see how much 'pain' I can tolerate. Yeah, yeah, I know it's not good. I already have brain damage. I seem to only hit my head once or twice when really frustrated. Most of the time I hit my head against things (cupboard, soap holder in shower) by accident and that really hurts.

As a child I kicked a hole in the wall once, and then ran.


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09 Mar 2012, 9:54 pm

Callista wrote:

Are you OK with your mom grabbing your hands when you're hurting yourself, .


yes , i unable to stop so my mum stop my hands.


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09 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

Sora wrote:
I fixed the hinges to the door with hot glue - think that could work for your frame and door too?

Depending on the damage to the frame (and depending on how long it will take for you to get yet another new door), you could also fix that with clue and tape or have someone else do it for you.


door is to heavy, and realy big thick metal screws drilled in wont keep my door on gluewont either .


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09 Mar 2012, 10:40 pm

Only when I'm upset. I'll throw myself at walls and bang my head on things.


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