Self-Harming Behaviors

What is self-harm?

Self-harm or self-injury is an action that some people use for coping with their problems. Some have reported they use self-harm because:

  • Of a problem expressing feelings or they can’t find the words to ask for help
  • They can’t identify or express feelings
  • It may distract from the difficulties of life
  • They think it is a release of emotional pain or
  • They think it helps them to feel something

After the self-harming act, there is a short time of feeling better – a short time – but then, the hurtful feelings return and the need to harm themselves again hits!

Self-injury includes:

  • Cutting
  • Scratching
  • Picking scabs or interfering with wound healing
  • Burning
  • Punching self or something else
  • Infecting oneself
  • Inserting objects in body opening
  • Bruising or breaking bones
  • Some forms of hair pulling
  • Other various forms of bodily harm…

Some Warning Signs:

  • Unexplained frequent injury including cuts and burns
  • Wearing long pants and sleeves in warm weather
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty handling feelings
  • Relationship problems
  • Poor functioning at work, school or home

If you are experiencing one or more these symptoms of self-harming behaviors we can help, there is no need to suffer – we can be reached via phone, email, or through the website.