Dealing With An Addiction To Self-Harm
Many people might find it difficult to believe but there are a great number of individuals who are addicted to the practice of self-harm.
What is Self Harm?This practice – also known as self mutilation – is something that an individual will carry out if he or she is perhaps not comfortable with how they look or simply because they are depressed or anxious.
Self-mutilation is something that – although not exclusively so – is more common in teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. It is also fair to say that studies show the addiction is more common in teenage girls than it is in teenage boys.
Self-harm – or Self-mutilation – is the process by which bodily harm is inflicted on the individual by the individual themselves and can take on the form of a great many things.
Here are the most common methods of Self Harm:
- Cutting the skin
- Burning the skin
- Pulling out hair
Reasons People Self HarmA common misconception to clarify at this point is the fact that those individuals in indulge in Self Harm do so not because they are trying to commit suicide and the attempt has failed, but simply because psychologically the practice of physically injuring themselves makes them feel relieved.
This may sound bizarre to many but the mechanisms behind Self Harm are those which induce a reduction in stress levels and anxiety whilst giving the individual a sense of being in control of their own circumstances; something which in the midst of depression or stress is something that they usually lack.
Warning Signs Of Self HarmingIf you think that someone you know is Self Harming there are certain signs to look out for:
- Excessive periods of time locked away
- Refusal to remove jackets or coats in hot weather
- Always wearing long sleeved shirts and blouses
- Unexplained cuts, bruises or marks appearing on their body
- Defensive mannerism when asked about these marks
In addition it is important to try and talk to them about the problem and encourage them to express why they feel the need to Self Harm.Many will say it is because of stress or depression but even so there will be other underlying factors that can contribute to the problem.
Talking and listening are a good way in which to help gain the confidence of someone who self harms but it is imperative that medical and emotional help on a professional level is sought as soon as possible.