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Could ice help self harm scars?

Could ice help self harm scars?

Ice is not: likely to prevent or reducing scarring. Please consider dialectical behavioral therapy instead of cutting. Take care. ...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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I'm getting addicted to self harm. Please help?

I'm getting addicted to self harm. Please help?

This is not a : Healthy form of coping. Please look in to dialectical behavior therapy. It can be very beneficial and will provide you with better ways to handle things. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I control self harm compulsions?

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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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Should people who self harm get professional help?

Should people who self harm get professional help?

Yes: It is very important that a self-harmer be evaluated by a medical professional due to the complexity of the underlying cause. Psychiatric and personality disorders are common in individuals who self-harm, which in turn can be an indicator of depression and/or psychological problems. The most common form of self-harm involves cutting of the skin using a sharp instrument. Seek care asap. ...Read more

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Why is self mutilating addicting?

Why is self mutilating addicting?

Coping: People who self- mutilate may do this as a coping mechanism. Physical harm to the body may distract from emotional pain. Some people feel empty inside and hurt themself so that they won't feel completely numb. Although it is a very unhealthy way to cope, people may return to self- mutilation over and over because they don't have more effective coping mechanisms. ...Read more

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Who does self inflicted body art?

Who does self inflicted body art?

Many do this: Art of the tattoo type can be done by anyone, although few do so. Prisoners are well known for the acquisition of tattoos which signify status and gang membership. Most body art that is self inflicted is temporary. Some also involve branding in various ways and the attachment of body jewelry. ...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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Please help docs! is self harm always attention seeking behavior?

Please help docs! is self harm always attention seeking behavior?

No: "always" is never true in human behavior. Many people self-harm in private, and do not show their wounds to others. They may even hide them from their psychiatrists and therapists. ...Read more

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How might one fade self harm scars?

How might one fade self harm scars?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck! ...Read more

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I need advice with self harm and internet "bullying"?

If you are engaging: In self harm please look into getting help now. Self mutilation may distract you from your emotional pain but it will not solve problems and can lead to serious medical problems. Please consider looking into dialectical behavioral therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), . ...Read more

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Could self tanner be harmful?

Could self tanner be harmful?

Sensitivity: People can have allergic reactions to almost anything they put on or inside their bodies. Other than a drug reaction, I would consider self-tanning lotions to be safer than a tanning booth or sunburn. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is scratching considered self harm?

Please help docs! is scratching considered self harm?

It can be: And it depends on why you are scratching. You might scratch an itch, but if gouging out your skin purposefully, that can be self-harm. ...Read more

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What quantity of teenagers self harm due to bulling a year?

What quantity of teenagers self harm due to bulling a year?

Unknown: While bullying has become very common, the media has now made it so common that there are many initiatives to stop bullying and help awaken kids to the danger of bullying and its impact on children. We know that some kids who are bullied have low self esteem and poor self image -- that can lead to self mutilation or even "cutting." keep open communication with your child. Report bullying! ...Read more

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How might one fade self inflicted scars?

How might one fade self inflicted scars?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to build self confidence and self esteem?

How to build self confidence and self esteem?

Self Esteem: You probably need to uncover the roots of your loss of esteem and development of anxiety. Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org web site for daily and ongoing support and eduction. Consult a clinical psychologist if your esteem does not rise as psychotherapy can be very effective in combating low self worth. Best. ...Read more

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What are some ways to heal self inflicted wounds?

What are some ways to heal self inflicted wounds?

rapid healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Help please! is depression/self harm "contagious"?

Help please! is depression/self harm "contagious"?

Not infectious: Depression and self-harm are not contagious like an infectious illness. But if surrounded by depressed people who use self-harm to deal with pain, younger people might learn that this is the way to deal with life -- or might not realize that there are other ways to cope with disappointments, etc. Get some other viewpoints. Also, please consider seeing a psychologist or other therapist about this. ...Read more

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Can one be hospitalized involuntarily for inflicting non-lethal harm on him/hersel?

Yes: It does happen a great deal. This problem is best served by dbt. ...Read more

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Why we teens cant stop thinking abut self harm?

Please seek care: You sound upset and depressed, please seek medical care before you consider self-harm ...Read more