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Re: stopping SI (may trigger) rubenstein

Posted by Dinah on July 30, 2004, at 21:40:17

In reply to stopping SI (may trigger), posted by rubenstein on July 29, 2004, at 13:05:06

I haven't completely stopped, I suppose. But I go several months at a time without doing it. I can't offhand remember the last time I did.

The key for me was just my stubborn honor. I, perhaps stupidly, promised my therapist not to do it. He didn't pressure me to promise, it was a gift from me. I can't totally keep my promise, but remembering that I promised does keep me pretty much to the straight and narrow. He doesn't get really angry when I can't keep the promise, which is great, because his anger would be counterproductive. But knowing that I have to tell him is a huge deterrant.

I also use self hypnosis, CBT calming techniques, and klonopin. Last time I had a strong urge, I used the ice trick which worked well. And in the past I've used an ink pen on my arm. But I think the "tricks" only work because of the commitment I made. I didn't want to stop badly enough for myself to put in the trouble to fight the urges.




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