“There is a strong relationship between depression and high-risk behaviors,” says Pamela Cantor, PhD.
Self injury is not for seeking attention
I have a fifteen year old daughter. She is a bright student from all these years. She started cutting her wrist, thighs and other body parts since a year. From childhood, she was a non obedient kid, but from last few months it has been increasing. It has come to my knowledge that she is being bullied and teased at school. I tried talking to school management but she is still unhappy. She has drastic mood swings which are resulting in hurting herself. I believe that she is doing it to get sympathy or attention. What do I do about it? Help me?
I don’t want to kill myself. I just wanted some of the hurt and all of the pain to just go away. (Rachel, teenage student)
Self-harm, or inflicting physical harm onto one’s body to ease emotional distress, is not uncommon in kids and teens. There are many forms of self-harm, including cutting, scratching, hitting and burning. Many kids and teens who self-harm also struggle with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, physical abuse or other serious concerns or psychological disorders.
Self-injury is commonly defined by scientists as “deliberate discrete destruction of body tissue without the intent of suicide and do it to cope with life.” it’s absolutely opposite of what really suicide is. Over the last couple of decades, more young people appear to be pulling out razor blades and lighters in order to injure themselves. Their intent is not to die, but to inflict harm, a behavior known as non-suicidal self-injury.