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Self-Harming

Self-harm, such as cutting, burning, or otherwise causing bodily injury, as an emotional release poses a serious risk. Self-harming often accompanies suicidal thought.

Ramifications of Self-Harming

• relief of anxiety or anger is temporary at best
• feelings of guilt or shame often follow
• self-harm escalates, potentially into an addiction
• hinders development of healthy emotional regulation

Causes

Childhood trauma and struggling with mental health conditions such as borderline personality or severe anxiety can cause an individual to self-harm. The compulsion to self-harm is a compulsive behavior usually developed to cope with stress or depression.

Treatment

Treatment for self-harming behaviors involves therapy so that a client may work on self-esteem and other emotional conditions that affect mental health. A therapist can redirect a client to healthy, positive behaviors instead of the need to self-harm.

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