Self-Harm

What is self-harm?

Self-harm, also known as self-injury or self-mutilation, is the act of intentionally causing harm to one’s own body. This can take many forms, such as cutting, burning, scratching, or even hitting oneself. While self-harm may seem like a simple act of self-destruction, it is actually a complex behavior that is often a symptom of deeper underlying emotional or psychological issues.

Why do people self-harm?

The reasons why someone may engage in self-harm is quite often as a way to express or cope with emotional distress or overwhelming emotions, such as anger, sadness, or guilt. Others may use self-harm as a way to feel a sense of control over their bodies or their lives. Still, others may use self-harm as a way to punish themselves for perceived failures or mistakes.

Despite the many reasons why someone may engage in self-harm, it is important to understand that self-harm is not a healthy or effective way to cope. Self-harm can lead to physical and emotional pain, scarring and infection. In addition, it can also lead to a cycle of self-destruction and can make it difficult for a person to build healthy relationships or achieve their goals.

If you or someone you know self-harms

If you or someone you know is engaging in self-harm, it is important to seek help. This can include talking to a therapist or counselor, joining a support group, or seeking medical treatment. There are also resources available for people who are struggling with self-harm, such as helplines and online support groups.

Self-harm is not something to be ashamed of, and it’s important to talk openly and honestly about it with someone you trust. It’s also important to take care of yourself and remember that healing takes time.

 

Self-help

Some things that might help relieve the anxiety until the urge passes are:

In conclusion, self-harm is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly. It is a sign of deeper emotional or psychological issues and can lead to physical and emotional pain. If you or someone you know is engaging in self-harm, it is important to seek help and support. Remember that healing takes time and self-care is important. Here at Trauma Research UK, our belief is, ‘it’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what happened to you’. With this philosophy, we believe that everyone can successfully overcome their mental health issues if given the right help and support. Read more…