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Teenager Cutting Themselves
Stress management...: There are some simple stress management techniques that you can learn quickly, but i would also encourage you to get into psychotherapy & start talking about what is stressing you out. Learn some relaxation techniques. Take time to exercise and talk to friends. Let me know how if you need additional help. ...Read more
Big picture: Self-mutilation generally begins when a young person feels trapped in an impossible situation, just as many zoo animals self-mutilate. The key is getting out of the situation first, then learning new attitudes and behaviors. Whether a twelve-step "sobriety" approach is right for you is a question to discuss with a professional who understands the mind. Your doctor can refer you. ...Read more
Nice question: Physical development is called puberty (done by 21 yo). Emotional development is called maturity (usually done by 25 yo, but sometimes never finished). They do not necessarily occur simultaneously. Usually physically developed (adult) people who haven't matured properly are said to be in arrested adolescence. Some prepubertal children are exceedingly mature and act that way. ...Read more
Gene > brain >: behavior is studied by translational research. OMIM, a genetic database, lists 1,077 molecular genetic defects that cause Intellectual Disability, often moderate-severe, +/- Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Self-Injurious Behavior in their Neurobehavioral profiles. SIB used by a non- verbal person to avoid situations or attain desires often responds to behavioral therapy +/- medications. ...Read more
Many possible : Reasons. Someone who feels empty inside may cut to feel "something". Someone who is hurting emotionally may cut so that physical pain will distract them. Some cut to punish themselves. One may cut in the belief that they will let out negativity or evil. Regardless of why one cuts to cope it is unhealthy. ...Read more
Will power: You need to have netter food available. Do not go hungry just make better choices. Binge on carrots, binge on apples! best not to buy any junk food and best not to bring it into your home especially if you feel "weak" about eating it. Hang out with healthy people as social networks reinforce behavior, hopefully healthy behavior. ...Read more
Not uncommon : Many children with autism, especially when younger and with fewer communication and social skills, are at risk for elopement. There may not experience a sense of danger at leaving or recognize the need to notify others of desire. For some it is such a problem that they need to keep some type of tracking device on. Luckily this will become less an issue for most as they are older. Aba can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can people who cut themselves get that endorphine high all the time or only when they intentionally cut themselves?
A bit hard to answer: The endorphins usually come well after the pain response of cutting. The Adrenalin rush of conflict, stress, drama, pain is what comes before the endorphin release. It is likely that the Adrenalin is the more common internal chemical being released. There are healthier ways to achieve release of both and the recommendation would be to learn skills that help persons accomplish this. ...Read more
After a childhood of sexual abuse, bullying and parental neglect, how can someone as an adult bring themselves to trust again?
Therapy: With someone who is trained in working with victims of abuse and neglect. You also want to find someone that you can feel somewhat comfortable with. You can find a local psychologist here: locator.Apa.Org ask about special experience in working with survivors of trauma and neglect. Be well. ...Read more
Just one is too many: We don't have an exact number. In the US suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst teenagers and adolescents. A British study reported 44% of suicides occurring in kids 10 to 14 was caused by bullying. Those bullied often remain silent until the emotional trauma is eventually no longer tolerable. Cyberbullying is a particularly malignant form of bullying. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: Unusual question. Please talk to someone about this as this is not the forum to answer that. ...Read more
Complex and varied: There may be a variety of reasons why some may inflict self induced injuries but in any case it is a sign of a serious underlying disorder which requires evaluation. While it may be viewed as attention seeking, it may reflect advanced depression with suicidal ideation. ...Read more
Do people with purging disorder lose weight and fat off their body? Because they don't binge, they just purge average portions of food
Control: These are insecure men who suffer from inadequacy to great degrees but usually do not acknowledge their low sense of self and rather try to boost their self esteem through dominating and controlling others. Often they have been abused themselves and make very poor partners until they seek therapy for a considerable length of time. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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