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Self Harm/Cutting

Signs and symptoms of self-injury may include (but are not limited to):

  • Scars, often in patterns
  • Fresh cuts, scratches, bruises, bite marks or other wounds
  • Wearing long sleeves or long pants, lots of accessories/bracelets, even in hot weather
  • Difficulties in interpersonal relationships
  • Behavioral and emotional instability, impulsivity and unpredictability
  • Statements of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness/low self-esteem
  • Excessive rubbing of an area to create a burn
  • A need to keep sharp objects close by/on hand
  • Frequent reports of accidental injury
  • Increase in impulsivity with their actions or words
  • Subtly scratching themselves or picking scabs when they are not alone


People who do self-harm do it in private. Examples of Self-harm:

  • Cutting (cuts or severe scratches with a sharp object)
  • Scratching
  • Burning (with lit matches, cigarettes or heated, sharp objects such as knives)
  • Carving words or symbols on the skin
  • Self-hitting, punching or head banging
  • Piercing the skin with sharp objects
  • Inserting objects under the skin


Teens who self-injure may use more than one method to harm themselves., becoming upset can trigger an urge to self-harm. Many people self-harm only a few times and then stop. However, for others, self-harm can become a long-term, repetitive maladaptive behavior.


At Cameron Pediatric, we have the skills to assist your teen in helping them learn skills to express their emotions and frustrations in a healthy way. We have the common sense to help navigate and triage your teens’ situation. We will teach your teen/child and your family how to express emotions and get on the path to better mental health. Self-harm knows no age limits.


“Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others” ~Paulo Coelho

Cameron Pediatric Counseling, Inc.


19 S. Cameron Street, Winchester VA

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