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A 36-year-old member asked:

I scratch myself when i'm sad/mad/depressed. is this a normal response?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
No -this is not : This is what i would say is a maladaptive self regulatory behavior. Clearly developing safer strategies to self regulate is essential. It would be advisable to seek professional support with a counselor who has experience in this area. I would expect that such intervention would be very helpful and a positive experience for you.

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Last updated Apr 13, 2016

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