A 20-year-old female asked:
i set myself on fire at age 4, i am very mean and do not love myself. how can i learn to love myself even though one of my nipples are burned off?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Pamela Pappas answered
42 years experience Psychiatry
Wow -- very painful: It sounds like you're really feeling miserable, and have been for a long time. It's not usual for a 4 year old to set herself on fire. I'm wondering what you're dealing with inside -- and suggest you consider working with a psychologist.
Answered on Dec 19, 2013
Dr. James Wells answered
44 years experience Psychiatry
Compassion/Self Hate: In my experience, people with stories much like yours have often benefited from dialectical behavior therapy (dbt). Theodore rubin's "compassion and self-hate" has also sometimes seemed very helpful. I have known many who have experienced healing through psychotherapy (and sometimes also with the help of medicine) who have gone on to live very satisfying lives. May the same be true for you!
Answered on Dec 15, 2013
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