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Doctor insights on: Inflicting Self Harm

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How to heal self-harm cuts fast?

How to heal self-harm cuts fast?

Depends: If superficial, cleaning it and putting on a bandaid or clean dressing usually is ok. If is deep, seeing a doctor, urgent care or hospital is a good idea. MOST IMPORTANT is seeing a mental health professional since this kind of behavior suggests some psychological issues that need to be treated. If someone is suicidal they need to be seen immediately. Call 911 or go to a hospital and get help. ...Read more

Self Harm (Definition)

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


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How do I make self harm marks go?

How do I make self harm marks go?

Self harm marks: Most superficial self harm marks heal well. Keep it clean by washing with soap and water and applying some neomycin cream. ...Read more

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How can I treat a self-harm wound?

How can I treat a self-harm wound?

See a doctor: If the wound is bleeding I recommend you see a doctor right away. You may need antibiotics and stitches. I also recommend you see someone to discuss the reasons for the self-harm. There are many counselors and support groups that can help you. I know many people who have/are struggling with the same issue if you would like a place to start. ...Read more

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Could scratching count as self harm?

Could scratching count as self harm?

Yes: Yes, scratches count as self harming. Self harming can be anything when causing damage to your body. Whether it hurts or not. Other forms cutting, scratching, hitting, bursing.Cutting with object, biting. ...Read more

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Can there be more types of self harm?

More than what: Some forms of self harm include cutting, burning, punching, pulling out hair, salt ; ice challenge etc. ...Read more

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How to control the desire to self-harm?

How to control the desire to self-harm?

Self-harm: Engage in alternative behaviors to keep u busy, such as journaling, taking a walk, sports, being around friends, remove any objects used to self-harm, keep a card with phone #s of counseling services handy, snap rubber band on wrist whenever u get the urge. ...Read more

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How can I control self harm compulsions?

Self-harm: Habitual self-harm can be one of features of borderline personality disorder where there is identity diffusion & the act is resorted to in attempt to enlist feeling of temporary relief of discomfort that results from painful traumatic memories. Consult a therapist who specializes with dialectical behavior therapy. Also, treating underlying mood disorder helps. ...Read more

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What can be done to deal with self harm?

DBT: Self harm is not a healthy way to deal w problems. If you engage in repeated cutting 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 program involvement or rehabilitation may be indicated. Dialectic behavioral >. ...Read more

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How can you tell someone about self harm?

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

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How to help raise awarness for self harm?

Speak to a doctor: Any awareness of feelings about hurting oneself should be followed up immediately by seeing a mental health professional. If it is easier to first talk to your family doctor that can be the first step. In an emergency you can go to the hospital or call 911 Remember treatment works and you shouldn't have to be alone with thoughts about self harm. Get help before you act on such thoughts. ...Read more