It’s important that your blackouts are investigated. It is especially concerning that your self-injuring during these episodes. These are unusual occurrences.
What may be happening is that you are disassociating from what you anticipate to be an emotionally painful experience. It doesn’t seem as though this is happening consciously but you may be unconsciously influencing these episodes.
Discuss these symptoms with your primary care physician. He or she will likely conduct an evaluation. If further evaluation is necessary, you will likely be referred to a mental health professional. Hypnosis might be a useful tool in uncovering the nature of these blackouts, but you will have to discuss this and other potential options with your treating professionals.
In the meantime, you should be documenting each of these episodes. Include information such as: What happened prior to your blacking out? What were you doing? How were you feeling? What were you thinking? What were you doing when you regained consciousness? How long did it last?
You might even consider videotaping the event, if possible. Virtually every smart phone has a videotape function. Understandably, the footage may be difficult to watch but having such documentation might be invaluable in learning the cause and nature of your blackouts. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle