Many people have a hard time talking about self- injury because it seems unnatural to them. It is important to understand what motivates teens to harm themselves because not all people do it for the same reason. The best way to help someone to stop self- injuring is to help him or her address the underlying issues.
Cutting — using a sharp object like a razorblade, knife, or scissors to make marks, cuts, or scratches on one's own body — is a form of self-injury. It can be hard to understand why anyone would hurt himself or herself on purpose. Learning that your own teen is doing it can leave you feeling shocked and upset — and not sure what to do or how to help.
Gellner: It's a disturbing trend, teens cutting themselves. And how can you help your child, if they are a cutter. I'm Dr.
That's right, I'm a teenage cutter. I cut myself. The cutting started my junior year of high school.
Verified by Psychology Today. Teen Girls: A Crash Course. Molly is a high-performing year-old teen girl in her junior year of high school.
The first time I took a blade to my wrist, I was 15 years old. I don't why I did it. I've scoured old journals for clues.
Everyone experiences stress, anxiety, and low moods at times. But stress and emotional shifts can feel different for different people, particularly for teens navigating the murky waters of adolescence. Some teens turn to self-harm to cope with these complicated emotions.
Self-Harm is an increasingly pervasive symptom of emotional distress among adolescent girls. Because it involves physical damage to the sufferer, cutting understandably evokes distress and fear in others. Viewed on a continuum, self-harming behavior can easily—though not always accurately—be interpreted as a precursor to suicidal behavior.
Cutting is a type of self-harm in which teens deliberately cut or scratch themselves with knives, razor blades, or other sharp objects, but not with any intention of trying to commit suicide. Other self-harm behaviors can include head-banging, branding or burning their skin, overdosing on medications, and strangulation. These behaviors are more common than you might think and affect up to 16 percent of teenagers and young adults.
Nonsuicidal self-injury, often simply called self-injury, is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It's typically not meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, this type of self-injury is a harmful way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration.