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How To Tell My Close Friend I Have Self Harm And Cutting Problems
At a quiet time: I hope that in addition to wanting to tell a close friend, you're also talking regularly with a therapist about these things? Therapists are trained to understand and help you in ways that friends cannot. Before speaking with your friend, you might consider what you want from him or her. Then, you could wait for a quiet time to share -- including what you're doing to help yourself with this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In brief, it is the action or inaction (failure to take action) that intentionally seeks to cause damage to oneself. Can range from mild physical harm, i.e. Scratching, to the extreme of causing death. An example of inaction would be not taking one's Insulin resulting in ...Read more
Congratulations !!!: You should be proud of yourself. That is an excellent accomplishment. Have you considered spending time with close friends or how about treating yourself to a hike, a swim or anything in which you spend time with mother nature. This is an important milestone. God bless. ...Read more
My friend used to self harm. When she quit and let everything heal up.. Thin white lines appeared. There's no texture, nothing to it, just thin white ?
SOMEONE TO LISTEN: Put embarassment and shame aside and speak plainly. A real expert will ask all sorts of questions to find its origin, purpose and its place in your life. If it truly endangers you work this out immediately. Find a really experienced psychotherapist and find out what's happening. ...Read more
Naltrexone can help.: It is best to try to verbalize your emotions through therapy or keeping a journal. Other preverbal forms of expression like art and music can also help. If you can identify triggers, then try to use assertive communication, problem solve, and set limits w/ others whom u think may be offending you. Learn positive ways to cope w/ emotions. See a dr. for meds if needed. Naltrexone can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Self harm: Self harm is a coping method to feel physical pain instead of emotional pain. You can help to create an environment that supports the experience and expression of emotions. As well, you could find out about dialectic behavior therapy (dbt), which is a form of therapy that helps people who self harm. Look online or call insurance company for referrals to a local dby therapist and group. ...Read more
Yes , you can: Many community resources are available to help assist in getting to the root of why you are physically harming yourself, some psychotherapist and counselors, are skilled in this area. I would suggest meeting with a few to see whom you feel comfrotable with, this way you are assured of getting the best help / counsel you can. Some therapist can even make home visits for greater confidentiality. ...Read more
Self harm: 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. ...Read more
Compassion: People who do self-harm activities are usually struggling with painful feelings, and don't need further judgments from me or anyone else. However, they do generally need help with understanding and accepting themselves. Psychotherapy can help in these areas, along with mindfulness practices. Sometimes medications may be needed, if accompanying symptoms like depression/anxiety are overwhelming. ...Read more
After a long time, can self-harm become just a bad habit that has no significant connection to underlying mental health problems?
Always Meaning: Even when our behavior becomes a habit, it has an underlying meaning. Self harm is a behavior that can become a habit, but I believed it's still linked to emotional distress and pain. Often the physical pain becomes a coping mechanism to deal (or rather not to deal) with overwhelming emotional difficulties. Hotline: http://ow.ly/x7AVK ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the teacher -- but most would realize you're suffering, and would want to help you get the help you need. S/he would probably talk with you about your need to harm yourself, and make sure you have support from your parents. S/he may suggest speaking with your school counselor and/or your physician, as well as a psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more
Seek help first: I would say that you should seek professional help for self-injurious behaviors. It is your decision whether you want to inform your mom or any other family or friends, but you need to get treatment first. If you don't already see a therapist or psychiatrist, ask for a referral from your primary care provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be frank.: Be honest with your parents. I would show them where you have cut yourself. Explain to them what your symptoms are. What is your mood like? Any problems with sleep? With appetite? With energy level? With substance abuse? Any thoughts of suicide? If so, is there a plan? Do you feel an urge to carry out suicide plans? Be frank and ask for help. ...Read more
See family doc: Please see your family doctor first. Have any physical cause for depression ruled out. Get a referral to a competent psychiatrist and a psychotherapist who specializes in people who self harm. They should also be able to refer you to a support group for people who self harm. I have had excellent success with hydroxyzine, which is a medication used to treat itching and an anti-histaminethat has a calming effect for anxiety. It also greatly decreases the urge to self harm so that the frequency and severity of the self harm events is far less. It does not knock out the thoughts but it does greatly diminish the urge. Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season. ...Read more
Carefully: I'm hopeful that the reason you want to is to find support and help. Whomever you choose, I'd try to include these ideas: I trust and value you. I have a problem that I want to deal with and I'd like help with. I hope this will not be too frightening or be a burden. I'd like YOU to know that I admire you for asking. I hope you do well and feel that you can. Best wishes as you do! ...Read more
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