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Cutting and Self-Harm: The Inside Scoop

Many assume that individuals that participate in self-harm are suicidal. Experts say this is generally not the case. If someone dies or nearly dies from a self-inflicted injury of this nature, it is more than likely accidental, not intentional. There are other reasons people harm themselves. Self-harm is less about the actual injury and more about the psychological effects. It is most commonly a means of self-medicating or self-preservation.

There are many methods of self-harm. These methods include cutting, pulling out hair, breaking small bones in the hands and feet, banging one’s head against a hard surface, burning oneself, or sticking objects into the skin. Self-harm is often used as a means of releasing excess tension, calming anxiety, relieving guilt, or expressing emotions that the individual simply can’t put into words. Self-harm can also be a way method of exerting control over one’s life when they feel they can’t control anything else. Often self-harm begins in the teenage years or early adulthood. Although, if related to a trauma, self-harm can start at any age.

Due to the private nature of self-harm, the estimates of how many people are affected by this disorder are quite varied. They range from 3 percent to 38 percent of youth and adolescents. While some of the symptoms may seem obvious, there are some common indications that self-harm may be an issue.

  • Broken bones with no appropriate explanation
  • Continued small wounds like cuts and bruises, often in the same place on the body
  • An obsession with having sharp or harmful objects nearby at all times
  • Internalizing emotions and withdrawing from loved ones and hobbies
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, and worthlessness
  • Issues with impulse control

Self-harm is extremely dangerous and can be very difficult to treat. Early detection has a significant impact on the ability to treat and heal an individual with a self-harm condition. Watch for the signs and if you or a loved one feel self-harm might be an issue, get the help you need right away. Don’t waste another moment.

Villa Tranquil is an ideal recovery location. When primary treatment is complete, Villa Tranquil can be there for you to support your transition back to your daily life. With a variety of meetings and therapies available to residents and a team of educated, supportive staff members, Villa Tranquil can help you create the best you possible. Please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 right away!