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What can be done to stop self harming?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get professional : Help. Self inflicted mutilation is one way that some people cope. It is not a healthy coping mechanism. People may harm themselves because they feel emotionally numb & it allows them to feel something. Some harm to distract from anxiety, depression or stress. Some people self-harm as a form of self- punishment. Self harm may be done as a cry for help. Perfectionists may harm themselves because.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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they feel it is a way they exert control over themselves. Self harm is sometimes used to commit suicide.
Jul 15, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Self harm is not a healthy way to deal w problems. If you engage in repeated self harm, you need mental health assistance. A comprehensive psychological evaluation is necessary. You may need medications to treat possible mental health conditions. If your self-harm is associated w substance abuse – detoxification, 12 step programs or rehabilitation may be indicated. Dialectic Behavioral Therapy is especially beneficial for people who engage in self harm.
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