Self-Harm/Cutting Signs And Symptoms!

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Self-harm and cutting is a practice that is foreign and frightening to parents.

It is not a suicide attempt, though it may look and seem that way. Cutting is a form of self-injury.

The person is literally making small cuts on his or her body, usually the arms and legs.

It’s difficult for many people to understand, But for kids, cutting helps them control their emotional pain, psychologists say.

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Self-harm and cutting can be easily hidden under clothing which makes it difficult for others to detect.

Here are signs someone is self-harming and cutting.

* Wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, even on hot days
* Brushing off injuries as frequent “accidents” or as a result of being clumsy
* Needing to spend a lot of time alone
* Challenges with friendships and romantic relationships
* Keeping sharp objects or implements of self-injury on hand
* Withdrawing from once-enjoyed activities
* Unpredictable, impulsive behaviors

Here are the symptoms of self-harming and cutting.

Physical Symptoms:
* Scars
* Fresh scratches or cuts
* Bruises
* Broken bones
* Patches of missing hair

Psychosocial Symptoms:
* Ongoing questions about personal identity
* Helplessness
* Hopelessness
* Worthlessness
* Emotional numbing
* Emotional instability
* Mood swings
* Depression
* Increased anxiety, especially when unable to self-injure
* Guilt
* Shame
* Disgust

The long-term effects of self-harm can range from minor irritants to severe injuries and even unintentional death.

This is why it is important for those who engage in this type of behavior to seek professional help as soon as possible!

With professional help they can learn healthier ways of coping with stressful or painful emotions.

Do you self harm or cut?

Why do you do it?

How does it make you feel?

Let me know in the comments down below.

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