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What Is Self Harm
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
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
It depends: On the behaviors involved in self harm, and how you are injuring yourself. People do many kinds of things to themselves, and none of it is healthy. Generally cutting and burning of the skin results in some pain and/or bleeding in the short term, and shame in the long-term when self-harming people want their scars removed "as quickly as possible." many such questions have been asked on healthtap. ...Read more
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
U can hurt yourself.: There are many ways of harming yourself ; usually they can be dangerous. Some people don't take their required meds like blood pressure pills or insulin. Some drink too much ; may get cirrhosis. Some smoke too much ; may get lung disease or illnesses in other organs. Some cut, hit, punch or burn themselves. I don't think I have to tell u that these actions can be harmful if they are severe. ...Read more
I get burnt quite often and I've accumulated 4 3rd degree scars, how can I fade them? What about some bigger Self harm scars that I don't like?
Help. I just don't know what to do anymore. Self harm, depression and bpd. How do I stop feeling like this?
That's tough: I'm assuming bpd means borderline personality disorder. If you haven't tried it yet, find a person trained in dialectical behavioral therapy and get in a dbt group. If you're committed to it, there's a very good chance it will help. Sometimes psychiatric meds can help but too many different ones without much progress often means it's time to try dbt instead. ...Read more
I cut my forearm and it's open and red all round and really tender what should I do ? Self harm cut
Self harm: Self inflicted mutilation is one way that some people cope. It is not a healthy coping mechanism. People may harm themselves because they feel emotionally numb & it allows them to feel something. Some harm to distract from anxiety, depression or stress. Some people self-harm as a form of self- punishment. Some do it with the mistaken thought that it will let out evil or bad parts of themselves. ...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
A good teacher: Will bring it to the attention of the school counselor or nurse. Hopefully, your parents or guardian would also be involved. If you feel that the only person you are comfortable telling right now is your teacher - then by all means tell your teacher. You need to share this with a responsible adult. But don't expect any responsible person to keep it a secret. They will want you to get assistance. ...Read more
Self harm: My patients have shown me that they self-harm when they don't know healthier ways of dealing with pain.This pain can come from many different experiences, but behaviors like self-cutting, burning, or remaining in dangerous relationships, etc are never healthy. In some people it has an addictive quality. Psychotherapists can work with you on new tools and mechanisms to manage painful emotions. ...Read more
The same: The behavior isn't new, just the label. ...Read more
Painful & difficult: It sounds like you're in lots of pain. Some people in this situation do try to release it through self-harming activities. A psychiatrist can help by evaluating what's leading to your painful emotional states & self-harm. Treatment may or may not include medications, but psychotherapy is essential. Also, dialectical behavioral therapy can provide non-self-harming ways to deal with pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Camoflaging scars: Scars may be difficult to explain, but there are methods to camouflage them so you can focus on more positive topics of conversation. Carboxytherapy, microneedling, tissue expansion, surgical tissue rearrangement, etc. Are the medical methods that involve some recovery. Body makeup, strategic jewelry, and clothing are simpler, but sometimes inconvenient methods. ...Read more
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
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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