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What is the best treatment for teens who self-harm, more specifically cutting?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cutting

Teens are at higher risk for drug use and cutting, as well as other risky behaviors.
This kind of acting out is done as a way of communicating what are often very complex feelings about themselves, their world, their future, and in my opinion, DEEPLY conflicted relationships with people in positions of authority.

In brief: Cutting

Teens are at higher risk for drug use and cutting, as well as other risky behaviors.
This kind of acting out is done as a way of communicating what are often very complex feelings about themselves, their world, their future, and in my opinion, DEEPLY conflicted relationships with people in positions of authority.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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