Self-harm is the act of deliberately causing harm to your body, a person may harm themselves to help numb emotional pain or distress. Someone who self-harms may engage in such behaviour as a coping strategy when challenged by overwhelming emotional situations. Self harm can come in many forms including; cutting, picking, scratching, burning skin, hitting body parts, overdosing or placing themselves in dangerous situations.
What may cause someone to Self-harm
Everyone is different and there are different possible reasons why someone may self-harm. When someone self-harms it may seem to an outsider that they are looking to commit suicide, this is not often the case as self-harm can be a coping mechanism which may help the individual begin a sense of control when they maybe feeling overwhelmed and wish to live. However it is important to be mindful that she individuals who do self-harm may attempt suicide, which is why if you or a loved one is experiencing difficulties with self-harming in which is a crisis please seek IMMEDIATE HELP by dialling 999 or call your General Practitioner.
Signs and Symptoms
Everyone is different and. It can be very difficult to spot signs of self-harm as the behaviours can be carried out on body parts that are easily concealed. On the other hand self-hamr can be visible wounds, including burns, cuts, scars or unexpected injuries. Below are some warning signs that can be linked to someone who maybe injuring themselves;
- Suspicious injuries.
- Stash of tools.
- Blood stains on belongings.
- Concealing clothing.
How Therapy can help
Self harm can reduce a person ‘s quality of life, if you are experiencing this you have taken a positive step in wanting to seek help. If you are someone reading this to help a loved its important that you manage this in a safe and helpful way. In case of an emergency please dial 999 (UK residents). Therapy will be a safe, supportive, non judegemental space for you to be open and speak about what your going through, your therapist will support you throughout your recovery process and ensure that you are not alone. Your Therapist will provide a safe space to express how you are feeling and help get to the underlying issue you are struggling with. Please remember that you are not alone and there are professionals trained and qulaified ready to help, listen and support you in overcoming what you are going through.