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My friend is cutting himself. I need to help him. Advice please?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Cutting

Meds and therapy together are your best bet.
Get a psychiatric evaluation for what ails your friend, and what cutting means to him/her as well as anything else that may be going on. Then get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to help with the emotional issues behind cutting. DO THIS RIGHT NOW. TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND GO TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM WITH YOUR FRIENDOR DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY

In brief: Cutting

Meds and therapy together are your best bet.
Get a psychiatric evaluation for what ails your friend, and what cutting means to him/her as well as anything else that may be going on. Then get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to help with the emotional issues behind cutting. DO THIS RIGHT NOW. TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND GO TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM WITH YOUR FRIENDOR DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry

In brief: Can care;not control

Your friend is dealing with inner pain.
He may or may not be ready to change this, which can be upsetting for you. You can encourage him to see his family doctor and/or a psychiatrist for help. You can listen if he's willing to talk. Temporary distractions could help -- like drawing on self w/marker, vigorous dancing w/loud music, rip up old papers, etc. Ultimately, he needs doctors' help though.

In brief: Can care;not control

Your friend is dealing with inner pain.
He may or may not be ready to change this, which can be upsetting for you. You can encourage him to see his family doctor and/or a psychiatrist for help. You can listen if he's willing to talk. Temporary distractions could help -- like drawing on self w/marker, vigorous dancing w/loud music, rip up old papers, etc. Ultimately, he needs doctors' help though.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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