Self-harm/cutting is a type of self-injury that teens/people use as a way of coping with emotional pain, intense anger, and frustration. It is very harmful, and it is a cry for help. Your teen doesn’t have the skills to communicate and they are using self-harm/cutting as a coping mechanism. It may bring them a fleeting moment of tension release or calmness, but this feeling doesn’t last long. It is typically followed by guilt, feelings of shame and the return of the anger and frustration that lead to the act.
Although life-threatening injuries are not usually the intended outcome, self-injury comes the possibility of more serious and even fatal consequences. Getting appropriate treatment can help your child/teen learn healthier ways to cope with their feelings and emotions.
Signs and symptoms of self-injury may include (but are not limited to):
People who do self-harm do it in private. Examples of Self-harm:
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.
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