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An increasing number of teens and young adults are resorting to self-harming behavior in the attempt to release inner suffering. The Mayo Clinic describes self-harm as “the act of deliberately harming the surface of your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It's typically not meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, this type of self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration.”
While self-harm may not mean your child is suicidal, it does indicate emotional problems and a need for help. Without professional guidance, your child’s emotional condition may get worse. Addressing self-harm is critical. Learn the signs in order to promptly spot them and seek the help of a therapist.
Teens who self-harm are often secretive about it, which can make it difficult to see the signs. Feelings of guilt, shame, or confusion make them keep it under wraps. Your child’s desire to be independent may also push them to manage their personal issues on their own. How will you know if they are engaging in risky behavior?
When you notice a change in their attitude or feel as though something is “off,” take the time to check their bedroom, bathroom, and clothes. Are there blood spots in the bedding, clothes, or trash, or do they keep wound medications and antiseptics in these private spaces? What other signs should you keep an eye out for? Child Mind offers the following “red flags” for cutting or self-harm:
Why is your adolescent child self-harming? The reasons for hurting oneself on purpose can be complex. It can be a way of communicating or expressing an intense feeling that they can’t put into words. It can be your child’s way of wanting to feel “alive” again, when they feel “dead” inside because of a trauma that kept them hurting, angry, fearful, and/or grieving for a long time.
They may also resort to hurting themselves deliberately to numb their mind or to shift focus from their own inner turmoil to the physical pain. It can also be a way to experience relief, though temporary. According to WebMD, experts believe it releases endorphins that produce a “feel-good feeling”—this can make the act habit-forming.
Though not every child who self-harms has an emotional condition, as a parent, you need to understand that it typically indicates that you have an unhappy child. They may be merely experimenting and imitating friends who self-harm, but it is better to treat this matter with prudence than to ignore the signs.
Self-harm is dangerous and must be stopped. Discovering your teen’s motivation is important to stop them from deliberately hurting themselves. Help Guide says, “Self-harm can become addictive. It may start off as an impulse or something you do to feel more in control, but soon it feels like the cutting or self-harming is controlling you. It often turns into a compulsive behavior that seems impossible to stop.”
If your child is self-harming because they are struggling with an eating disorder, low self-esteem, depression, a mood disorder, or anxiety, they need attention, help, and treatment. If your child is sensitive, an overachiever, or idealistic, they need help to stay in control and resolve issues using healthy alternatives.
Regardless of the motivation, self-harm often indicates a deep emotional issue that needs to be addressed. Self-harm is not a permanent solution to your child’s concerns and can only bring momentary relief. In fact, it can even cause your child more distress as the anger, shame, guilt, and other painful feelings come back. Your child runs the risk of living a lonely life as they try to avoid others, suffer from being misjudged, and live with their negative emotions and thoughts.
When you discover that an adolescent child is self-harming, you may feel scared, angry, guilty, and shocked. Overcome these negative emotions and respond proactively, not reactively. To be an empowered parent, seek help from a therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services in Fayetteville, NC
If you are having difficulty connecting with your child, all hope is not lost. The therapists at CCS can help. Self-harm cannot resolve their issues or bring lasting solutions. There are healthy, alternative ways to handle life issues and feel better. Help your child manage their emotions without putting themselves at risk for worse consequences. Call Carolina Counseling Services, Fayetteville, NC.
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