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What does it mean when a teenage girl begins to cut herself?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Cry for help

Cutting is often a cry for help.
The child may not know how to ask for it, so if you notice this behavior take them in for an evaluation. A trained child psychiatrist may be helpful.

In brief: Cry for help

Cutting is often a cry for help.
The child may not know how to ask for it, so if you notice this behavior take them in for an evaluation. A trained child psychiatrist may be helpful.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Agree

Dr webb is correct.
Cutting is a behavior signifying underlying emotional pain and the inability to express it. It is not a phase and she needs help...Seek help with someone who has experience with this problem. To write love on her arms is an organization that may be able to help with resources.

In brief: Agree

Dr webb is correct.
Cutting is a behavior signifying underlying emotional pain and the inability to express it. It is not a phase and she needs help...Seek help with someone who has experience with this problem. To write love on her arms is an organization that may be able to help with resources.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Can be associated with eating disorders, either restricting (anorexia nervosa), and/or purging (bulimia nervosa); the latter can be associated with exercise, diuretic, laxative abuse, vomiting.
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