Teenage Self Harm

Self Harm

Self-harm can be a way of coping with problems. It may help you express feelings you can’t put into words, distract you from your life, or release emotional pain. Afterwards, you probably feel better. But then the painful feelings return, and you feel the urge to hurt yourself again. If you want to stop but don’t know how, remember this: you deserve to feel better, and you can get there without hurting yourself.

Why do teenagers self-harm?

Self-injury that is performed compulsively, episodically, and repetitively. Self-injury is usually a coping mechanism for teenager, and or adults if they are bullied or pressured. Girls are more likely to cut themselves, while boys are more likely to hit bite or punch themselves. Girls are more likely to self-harm as a solitary activity, while boys may perform acts alone, or in groups.
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How can you tell that they self harm or are depressed?

Most people any age feel sad from time to time. This is a normal reaction to events that are stressful, upsetting or difficult to accept, but depression is more than this. It is a feeling of unhappiness that may lift slightly but doesn't go away. It can affect a persons whole life.
There are lots of things that can cause depression. There may be a experience such as family breakdown, the death or loss of a loved one, bullying at school, abuse or physical illness.
It can be related to a feeling of stress with a child feeling lonely, isolated and unable to share their worries with a friend or relative.
  • You can detect if a person is depressed if they are:
  • *moody, irritable, tearful, easily upset
  • *seem unhappy a lot of the time
  • *avoids friends and family
  • *self critical about everything
  • *feels guilty about things
  • *feels hopeless
  • *has a hard time concentrating
  • *does not look after appearance
  • *a hard time getting to sleep or waking
  • *tiredness and lack of energy
  • *frequent minor health problems such as headaches or tummy aches
  • *comfort eating or loss of appetite
  • *episodes of self harm or wanting to die

  • What can people do to help this problem?

    Psychotherapy should be the first step if you find out that they self harm.

    There are lots of things that can cause depression. There may be a trigger or experience such as family breakdown, the death or loss of a loved one, bullying at school, abuse or physical illness. It can be related to a feeling of prolonged stress with a child feeling lonely, isolated and unable to share their worries with a friend or relative.
    You should talk about it with your friend. You can tell someone that could help you out and figure out why your friends harming.

    Just to let you know no one wants to be alone. You have to be there if no one else it.

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    How do teenagers harm themselves?

    Teenagers usually cut with a razor blade, but they can use all different kinds of things like knifes, their nails, and glass. They burn or scald themselves, hit or bang their head, punching things or throwing their body against walls and hard objects, sticking objects into their skin, intentionally preventing wounds from healing, and swallowing poisonous substances. They have a tendency to over-eat or have a loss of appetite on purpose. Another way to harm the would over-dosing on pills or drugs, pull their hair, putting self in danger: Driving recklessly and binge drinking.

    Dont forget to wear red on March 1st, 2015 (Self Harm Awareness Day)

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