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What is Self-Harm?

April 8, 2015

Self-harm can be really hard to understand but it is a lot more common than some people think. 


Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It is a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.

 

Sometimes when people self-harm they intend to die but often the intention is more to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Self-harm can also be a cry for help.

 

If you are self-harming, you should see your doctor, or at the very least call a helpline  for further advice. 

 

Your doctor will usually offer to refer you to healthcare professionals at a local community mental health service for further assessment. This assessment will result in your care team working out a treatment plan with you.

 

Treatment for people who self-harm will usually involve seeing a therapist to discuss your feelings and thoughts and how these affect your behaviour and well-being. If you are badly depressed it could also involve taking antidepressant medication.

 

Source: http://www.stop-homophobia.com/self-harm

 

 

 

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