Cutting, burning, bruising, stabbing, all of these actions can be classified as self harm or self injury (abbreviated as SH or SI). Although cutting is perhaps the most common method self harm among teenagers, it is obviously not the only method.
Info For Teens
Self harm can be a difficult thing to deal with as a teenager. Whether you do it because of stress, bullying, or LGBT issues, it’s clear to most teenagers that is helps in some way, shape, or form to deal with problems. Many people claim to feel calmness after cutting, this is because of feel-good chemicals being released in the brain. Why does the brain do this? Because it thinks the body is being attacked, therefore it releases your body’s natural painkillers. Other people enjoy hurting themselves because they feel worthless and feel they deserve the pain. Whatever your reason for self harming, you wouldn’t keep doing it if it didn’t work.
Does self harm work? For a while, yes. Is it the best option to deal with your problems? Probably not. Although self harm can help you get through tough situations, there are better coping mechanisms and better ways of dealing with problems. Don’t be left with the scars I have, save your skin and find another way to cope.
Info For Parents
Let me start out by saying self harm is NOT a suicide attempt. Many parents freak out when they discover their son or daughter has been cutting, burning, bruising, or whatever it may be. They take them to the mental ward to see a psychiatrist, they get them a plethora of medication, they treat them like they’re crazy. Parents, you need to calm down. Although your son or daughter may feel suicidal, having cuts on their arms doesn’t mean they’re trying to die. Self harm and suicidal thoughts usually do go hand in hand, but it’s nothing to overreact about.
Info For Non-Self-Harming Teens
If your peers are self harming, the first thing you need to know is that it’s NOT some cry for attention. They aren’t looking to become more popular or to gain some sick form of sympathy, they’re just trying to get through life. Guess what they do when you call them attention-whores? They cut more.
How To Get Through It
There are a few different methods you can use to get through self harming. Meditate, snap an elastic on your wrist when you get an urge, find someone to talk to about your problems. If you’re seriously in need of help please visit this website: http://www.sioutreach.org.