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February 7, 2011
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Necro
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I honestly feel that body mod helps my mental state which hasnt been doing so great lately. i was wondering if anyone else felt the same

The woes and sorrow that this world causes isn't worth the pain of living, of suffering through. The torture, oh the torture, this hell lives within me. The voices of the demons are the forces that torture me.
February 7, 2011
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My Little Moloch
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Not to get too personal, but I see a therapist weekly for anxiety disorder.  She asked me once how having mods affects my mental state and my answer surprised her but she definitely understood, so i'll relay:

 

I have really terrible social anxiety and constant paranoia that people are looking atme.  It was quantifiably much worse before I had facial piercings, because I still felt as though everyone was looking at me all the time, but I had no concept of WHY, so I was even more afraid that they wanted to hurt me, rob me, rape me or otherwise take advantage of me because I'm a very physically small person.  I wanted my piercings to begin with, and I couldn't really articulate why beyond the idea that I felt that for myself it was necessaryty to wear my personality on the outside.  I'm an artist, this is what I do.

After I got my facial piercings I felt instantly better, though, and the only explaination I have is that now not only do I feel immensely more confident in myself because I look the way I feel I should look, but also because I have a kind of armor.  I still feel scared that people are looking at me but at least now I have an inkling as to why.  It's still paranoia, it's still possibly delusional, but it defiitely puts me at ease.

February 27, 2011
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I have to say that i can relate to where you are coming from. its sort of a way of giving yourself pain without seriously injuring yourself when it comes to tattoos and piercings.

March 2, 2011
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amber visions
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i have found it to give me clarity when it seems like my emotions have been running rampant in my mind. it gives me that break from my own inner dialouge and gives me chance to step away from all the crap that snowballs in my mind.

March 2, 2011
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Jamesryan
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I find modifications very centering. They even tend to ward off my depression.

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March 3, 2011
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@ My Little Moloch yea i have something similar.I dont have anxiety problems but I always feel like people are randomly looking at me.I even started thinking maybe I was liek one of those people on the subway who rant all the time and just didnt know it.

"the mind is a place of its own and in itself can make a heaven of hell and so forth…"
March 12, 2011
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Dizzy_Essie
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I have a slight social anxiety/claustrophobia, crowded places like waiting room, elevator, bus etc. I feel like if I can swing my arms and hit someone they are to close to me unless I know them. I find that doing deep breathing and by touching my piercings, tattoos, scars, bruises etc. that it has a calming effect. It gives me something to focus on which helps alot.

April 28, 2011
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I agree with all of you…

 

Growing up, I couldn't control anything that went around me… From my parent's divorcing, being bounced around foster care, deaths, etc. I started to understand that these things all happen for a purpose, a preporation for everything else that was to come in the future.

When my body started changing and going out of control, my mentality started to slip farther into a horrible state of madness and depression. I couldn't exactly tell the difference between my thoughts and reality… All I knew was a growing pain from confusion, frustration and so many unanswered questions to what was wrong with me and how to stop it. The pain helped me wake up from the trap my mind built from all the unknown activities.

 

Piercings gave me a sense of control back; this is my body and I can decorate and change it as I please. I'm handlling my depression better and trying to figure out what is wrong with me after almost 5-6 of this. So far, I might have pre-cushings disease so i hope thats it.

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May 30, 2011
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gaugingbeauty
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Hi. I have depression, and I choose to not be medicated. The times when I get some sort of modification I find myself more consciously aware, and more grounded. The residual from this also seems to lull me back to the emotion felt. In short, it helps.

July 11, 2011
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Kruppe
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I for one have many
mental ailments.  The modification just came naturally with the mental
state. I find myself more at peace with my life when I am modified.  I am
creating my inner self, on the outside.  This is how I have explained my
passion for modification in many situations, though I have many other
reasons behind it.

July 12, 2011
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Kruppe said:

I for one have many

mental ailments.  The modification just came naturally with the mental

state. I find myself more at peace with my life when I am modified.  I am

creating my inner self, on the outside.  This is how I have explained my

passion for modification in many situations, though I have many other

reasons behind it.


I love how you've put that, creating your inner self on the outside.  That's much how I've always described my own desire to modify myself to other people.  I am allowing my inner self to be reflected upon my outer body.

 

As for the topic of the question, without a doubt I would say my mods help my mental health.  I feel more at home within my own body than I ever have before I began my journey of modifying myself.  Its an incredibly empowering and confidence building experience to be able to take my body into my own hands, so to speak, and change it in the ways in which I desire. 

 

In an indirect way, it has also helped with my social skills.  As I have begun to do more "extreme" (and I use the term loosely because it doesn't really feel that way to me) things to myself, I find myself sometimes getting questions from complete strangers while on the bus, ect.  I have yet to have any really negative experiences with strangers, but definately stopping to answer questions forces me to excercise social skills that I would not otherwise have the opportunity to exercise. 

November 10, 2011
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Lillianna
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I know this is an old thread but thought I'd comment.

 

I just recently asked my therapist how he views body modifications, especially those that are extreme (by extreme, I'm working on getting either an open Glasgow Smile or scarification to create a Glasgow Smile). I have a very laid back and open minded therapist (he swears in our seesions which rocks!) and he said as a therapist he'd openly discuss the possibilities of the mods having an emotional connection in regards to mental illness (especially if a client was a cutter in the past, which I was) BUT he said, with most people he's known or met with body mods, they are usually separate. Usually there is no connection between body mods and mental illness even with people who have mental illnesses…this is not to say it doesn't happen, some people get the same satisfaction from body mods as from cutting and so on but the cases are very few.

 

While I agree, there are times when I'm getting a tattoo that feeling/rush comes over me like when I used to cut (haven't for many years, Yay me!) but the over all experience and reason behind the tattoo is totally separate. I don't get a mod done because I'm angry or upset at the time…I'm never impulsive with my mods and think about them for months or even years for getting them done.

November 11, 2011
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I like most here go with the thought that we are bringing our inside out. They have helped me heal.

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