Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.
There are so many kinds of self-abuse, not just the ordinary cutting, binge eating and purging, drugs and alcohol,smoking and bad relationships. These are forms of self-abuse we all know. I saw a man today who drank so much water that he created muscular and neurological damage. A man with chronic violent rages refused to go for therapy; yet, he was ruining his life and that of his children. What about the overexerciser, the marathon runner who runs daily through injury after injury?, the sugar addict who stays thin but eats poorly?, the chronic complainer who hurts his marriage and will find rejection ultimately?, the overtalker who alienates all potential friends?, the man with high cholesterol who doesn't take his medication?, the man with high blood pressure who eats high sodium foods often? Etc.
We could look at our lives more closely to learn honestly what we do which harms us. It could be little things, from wrong snacks to hurtful comments, things we wouldn't label self-abuse. But, these are ways we hurt ourselves and we could change them and have a better life.