- by Dr Reginald Varadarajulu Vsm
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- Mar 06 2018
What is a Self-injury?
It is an act of deliberately harming the surface of own bodies, such as cutting or burning yourself. It is an unhealthy way to cope with the emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. It brings a momentary sense of calm and a release of tension and it is usually followed by guilt and shame and the return of painful emotions.
Non-suicidal self-injury is usually the result of an inability to cope in healthy ways with psychological pain. The person has a hard time regulating, expressing or understanding emotions. The mix of emotions that triggers self-injury is complex. For some time, there may be feelings of worthlessness, loneliness, panic, anger, guilt, rejection, self-hatred or confused sexuality.
- Fresh cuts, scratches, bruises or other wounds
- Excessive rubbing of an area to create a burn
- Keeping sharp objects on hand
- Wearing long sleeves or long pants, even in hot weather
- Difficulties in interpersonal relationships
- Persistent questions about personal identity
- Behavioural and emotional instability
- Statements of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness
Forms of self-injury
- Carving words or symbols on the skin
- Hitting or punching
- Piercing the skin with sharp objects
- Pulling out hair
- Continuously picking at or interfering with wound healing
- Most frequently, the arms, legs and front of the torso are the targets of self-injury.
It is based on a physical and mental evaluation.
The first step of treatment is to tell someone so you can get help. Treatment is based on your specific issues and any mental health-related conditions, such as depression.
Several types of individual psychotherapy may be helpful, such as Cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based therapies.
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