Why do people harm themselves? Why do people cut? What can help?
First... cutters are not trying to kill themselves! It really means non suicidal self injury. Why do you think children and adults cut? burn? hair pulling?
Physical pain takes away emotional pain, can be addictive, alleviates stress, makes you feel better. Self-harmers have low self-esteem and harsh view of themselves. Some self harmers will cut words into their skin; all negative like, "I suck" "I am no good" "I am stupid". Isn't this so sad. Isn't so sad about the amount of judgement Self-Harmers do?
1. Signs and symptoms of self-harming: scar patterns, long sleeves or long pants in hot weather, behavioral and emotional problems, being impulsive, and being unpredictable.
2. Here are some forms of self-harming: cutting, self, and carving words into their skin.
3. What should the person and people who care; please try your best to encourage them to seek help.
Blunting Emotional Pain: "Yet self-harm is different from taking drugs," Conterio explains. "Anybody who take drugs and feel good. With self-injury, if it works for you, that's an indication that an underlying issue needs to be dealt with--possibly significant psychiatric issues.
What and why some people self-harm
Brandlyn Owens is passionate about exploring and educating herself and others about mental health topics. She's a momma of 2 kiddos and she resides in Durham, NC.