Yes, your behaviors would be considered self-harm. Even if they’re not having the intended outcome of leaving bruises or drawing blood, it is still self-harm. Your intention is to hurt yourself. That is the definition of self-harm.
The natural next question is: why are you doing this to yourself? Self harm is self-destruction. People engage in self-harm when they don’t feel good about themselves or when they are trying to punish themselves or when they believe they deserve to suffer or when they are feeling so much emotional pain that self-harm is the only way they know to relieve that pain.
When people do not have the coping skills to deal with their emotional pain in psychologically healthy ways they often engage in acts of self-destruction. Some people drink alcohol. Some people use drugs. Some people go on shopping sprees or food binges and some people purposely injure their bodies.
Counseling could help you immensely. Speak to your parents or the school guidance counselor or any other trusted adult who you think can assist you in seeking help. You can learn a better way to manage your emotional pain with counseling. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle