What is Self-Harm?
Self-harm is intentionally injuring one’s own body. The most common form is cutting. Other methods include burning, scratching, ingesting, piercing, banging or interfering with wound healing.
Who is most at risk? Up to 60% of those engaging in self-harm are female. Self-harming behavior typically begins between the ages of 14-24 and can progress well into adulthood.
Why do people do it? For some, self-harm allows for a physical expression of overwhelming internal emotions. For others, it serves to temporarily relieve stress and anxiety caused by these emotions. The biological effects of self-harm and its ability to create a short-term mood boost make it a very difficult behavior to stop.
Is it linked to mental illness? Self-harm is sometimes associated with depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior. Some individuals who self-harm have trouble controlling their impulses or take unnecessary risks which can also be a sign of mental health problems.
How Pine Rest Can Help
If you or someone you know is struggling with self-harming behavior, Pine Rest’s highly trained clinicians can provide assessment and treatment at every level of care from outpatient to hospitalization.
We know it can be difficult speaking to anyone, even your loved ones, about emotional issues and how they are leading to self-harm. Through the understanding and compassionate environment at Pine Rest, you can learn how to deal with negative emotions in healthy and positive ways, and ultimately improve your quality of life.