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Self Harm How To Cut
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
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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Lovetoknow - why do wounds itch when they are healing?
If you've ever felt that irritating urge to scratch a cut...
If you are seeing a psychiatrist or have a family doctor I would recommend that you ask them about the possibility of using hydroxyzine. It is an antihistamine that decreases the urge to inflict self harm and also knocks out itching. It could cure two birds with one stone. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. ...Read more
Simple 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
Tissue may be dead: I would encourage you to get medical help. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be very beneficial for people who self - mutilate. Having your cuts checked would also be prudent. ...Read more
Sorry, even if I: Knew the answer to that, it wouldn't be very ethical for me to give a tutorial on how best to harm one's self. If you are a person who self inflicts injuries - please strongly consider getting professional help. Dialectical behavioral therapy is effective. ...Read more
Dermatologist: You should consult a dermatologist. There are some new preparations available that may improve the appearance of new healing scars. ...Read more
Self harm cut: It depends on where you have cut, and how deeply. Superficial cuts will usually stop bleeding if you put pressure on them. If you've cut a blood vessel though, you might need surgical repair. For any self-injury you also need to be careful of infection. Psychologists can help you learn healthier ways to deal with pain than self-harm. ...Read more
Same as any cut: Redness, swelling, yellow discharge or pus. Depends on how clean knife or whatever you used to cut the risk of infection is same as any cut. Make sure you use some bacitracin or other antibiotic ointment More important is the reason for cutting behavior. Therapy and/or medication may help ...Read more
What to do if I self harm and I was wondering how long the razor cuts will take to heal and if they fade?
Razor cuts: Depends on how deep the cuts are, their location, & if they get infected. Kindly get help for your self harm behaviors. ...Read more
I wrap my (self harm) cuts in gauze sponge & when I unwrap it the gauze sticks & reopens the cuts. Any advice?
Use Xeroform Gauze: If you don't have a counselor or therapist about this, get one. You'll learn to redirect those impulses into something more productive or creative (really!) and then feel much better about yourself. Sure, you are a worthless piece of crap, but so am I and every other human stuck here on Earth. So all we can hope is to feel better about ourselves -and- avoid serious infections in the bargain. ...Read more
Self harm: Hopefully, your doctor will understand self harm is the best coping skill you have right now, and s/he will follow up by assessing for topical infections then will talk about getting you the psychotherapeutic help that will help you feel, heal emotionally and learn effective, non-harming ways to cope with challenges in life. You deserve this! Life is not just survival, it is about living it! ...Read more
See a doctor.: You need to see a psychiatrist ;/or therapist to reduce the urges to cut on yourself. Naltrexone is a med that can decrease the pleasurable sensations in your brain after an injury is made. The best way to help yourself is to stop cutting on yourself ; keep the areas clean ; dry. U may need an assessment to determine the extent of your wounds ; tx for infection if needed. ...Read more
If I go to a hospital to have my self harm cuts looked at, Would they involuntarily commit me? (The cuts are deep & there's a lot)
Can't predict.: If you have deep lacerations that require suturing - please don't delay getting medical help. Get medical assistance now! The doctors will probably ask why you cut. Did you cut to kill yourself or for other reasons? Are you currently having thoughts of suicide or has mood improved? Usually many factors go into risk assessment to determine if admission is necessary. Take care. ...Read more
Self-harm: what depth of self-inflicted cut needs medical attention such as stitches? How do I get such medical attention should I need it?
Need to see PSYCHIAT:
You should seek psychiatrist before you do harm to your self
yoy need therapy and treatment for your serious condition asap. ...Read more
Need Psychatric Care:
The scars might or might not fade but you have to stop harming and cutting yourself, which if not treated and stopped can be dangerous and will give you more and more scars
so consult a psychiatrist/therapist to help you stop selg harm first and deal with scars later
this is my sincere advice, so get help asap. ...Read more
Need dermatologist: You should consult a dermatologist who is trained to manage disorders of the skin. ...Read more
How come Withdrawal reflex do not function in case of people who self harm/cut themselves? I guess it should stop them from causing any serious damage?
Overrride the reflex:
The withdrawal reflex (like many) can be voluntarily overridden.
Conscious override lets you hold on to hot objects, etc.
People who cut themselves can indeed seriously damage themselves to the point of death or permanent damage.
These people need help so that they can work through these feelings and not cause further harm. ...Read more
Consider evaluation: By a plastic dermatologist or a surgeon. Take care. Consider Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help with cutting and emotions. ...Read more
I cut my forearm and it's open and red all round and really tender what should I do? Self harm cut
See a doctor: Without knowing when this happened or its course thus far or how deep it is, one can't say what is needed. Therefore you need to see a doctor in case some additional treatment is needed, like repair or antibiotics. ...Read more
Are my self-harm cuts infected? They are a day old, there is redness, bit of swelling, didn't notice puss. Picture: http://i41.Tinypic. Com/90cahj. Jpg
Unlikely: These do not appear to be infected and only in the process of being inflamed as a result of the damage you have done. The scars suggest you have done this before. You are very seriously mentally ill and in need of urgent help. Please seek psychiatric assistance immediately. ...Read more
I would do self harm I stopped but have some cuts healing. I have a physical coming up but rather my parents don't know. Does my doc have to report it?
You are a Precious Human Being!
It seems that due to traumatic experiences in life, you have unresolved feelings of sadness hurt, guilt, resentment, frustration, or lack of identity which have led to Depression and self-harm.
You need Emotional Healing.
With the help of a trusted family member, have courage to express your feelings to your parents, and tell them for Therapy by a Psychiatrist ...Read more
I'm 18 and I self harm (cut) with a blade. Will the scars heal? How do I know not to cut any major vessels? How deep is too deep?
Self -Harm: It would be unethical for physicians to provide you with instructions on how best to harm yourself. Yes - self lacerations often leave permanent scars both physically and emotionally. If you are not in therapy- please consider dialectical behavioral therapy. ...Read more
What do thoughts of suicide, scratching over old self harm cuts, unreasonable sadness and thinking of school as a stress and anxiety place lead to?
Needs evaluation: Thoughts of suicide and self harm need immediate evaluation. If suicidal thoughts are present, immediate help is needed and the patient needs to report it to a parent and seek help immediately. Also unreasonable sadness and stress could be signs of depression and anxiety needs evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist as soon as possible. ...Read more
I suffer with depression and I get bullied a lot so I self harm every day! My arms are all cut up! How do I stop?
Get professional: Help. You will taught healthier coping skills to use. ...Read more
Some of my self harm scars itch but only one side of my arm and the skin has gone yellow between. I have other cuts not like this. Is anything wrong?
Hard to: Tell without examination, could have infectionGet a more detailed answer ›
Are burn scars and cut scars the same? I'm testing bio oil and I'm only doing it on my most recent 3rd degree burn and some self harm scars (keloid)
Save your money: You need professional help. For your injuries. For your self-mutilation. A dermatologist, psychiatrist, psychologist. Meanwhile you can use anything for lubrication of skin. Bio oil is strictly for suckers. ...Read more
Self harm, ouch: 1. Get your knee and anywhere else you've cut evaluated by a PCP or ER doc ASAP. Pain my be due to infection! May need medical closure! 2. Seek help for your self injurious behavior! If you are in care, then alarm bells should being going off, and your team shu be arranging more care/hier level of care. If you are not currently in any psychiatric treatment, please begin ASAP! Be well! ...Read more
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