Self-harm is a serious and fairly common problem in the United States. Knowing what it involves and how to help someone who tries to harm themself is important.

What is Self-Harm?

Self-harm refers to deliberately hurting oneself. This might be done through burning or cutting oneself.

Self-harm is fundamentally different from suicide. With self-harm, the intent is to not kill but to injure.

Why Do People Self-Harm?

People engage in self-harm as a way to cope with pressure, stress, frustration, or emotional turmoil.

Self-harm brings them release from pressure or tension. However, this release is temporary and is quickly replaced by shame or guilt.

Self-harm can also be done as a form of punishment. The person engaging in this act might feel guilty over previous actions. Self-harm is their way of punishing themselves.

For some people, self-harm happens a few times during their life. For others, it becomes a habit/coping mechanism.

Is Self-Harm The Same As Suicide?

Self-harm is different from suicide. The main difference is in the intention. People attempt suicide to end their lives. People engage in self-harm to seek release from tension or stress.

With self-harm, the intention is not suicide.

What are the Symptoms of the Potential for Self-Harm

People who engage in self-harm are likely to have these physical signs

How Can You Help Someone Who is Cutting Themselves?

This will depend on your relationship with the person. If you are a parent, punishing or shouting at your child will only make things worse.

If you are a friend, advise them to see a doctor. When dealing with people that self-harm, make sure you keep disapproving comments away from the conversation.

Check on them regularly and try to help them in any way possible.

What are the Possible Treatments for Self-Harm?

Self-harm is especially dangerous when it becomes a habit.Talking With a Mental Health Professional is Important

They might also conduct mental health tests to rule out any other mental health issues.

Self-harm is usually treated by talk therapy. Talking therapies focuses on the following

Other forms of therapies that might be employed include dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy.

If other mental health issues are also diagnosed, the treatment plan will cover it.

In rare situations where injuries are severe, your doctor might request hospitalization.

When Should You or a Loved One Seek Help?

You should seek help immediately if you are engaging in self-harm. If your friend is engaging in self-harm, encourage them to seek help immediately.

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