Emma's mom first noticed the cuts when Emma was doing the dishes one night. Emma told her mom that their cat had scratched her. Her mom seemed surprised that the cat had been so rough, but she didn't think much more about it.
Some were deep, some little ones. Once seen and treated as a suicide attempt, trained mental health professionals now define the act of cutting as an unhealthy coping mechanism designed to immediately alleviate tension, anxiety, stress and depression. In other words, when reality feels overwhelming, some turn to cutting themselves, several times a day, with sharp objects in order to relieve their inner pain.
Self-harm or self-injury affects nearly 1 in 4 teenage girls in the U. Self-harm also effects teenage boys although the rate for girls is twice as high. When asked if in the past year they had harmed themselves without the intention to kill themselves, 6.
It can be hard to imagine why anyone would want to cut themselves or hurt themselves on purpose. And for parents who discover their teen is engaging in self-injury, it can be confusing, terrifying, and downright frustrating. Self-harm can be fairly common among teens.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Teens are the most vulnerable to how social media can affect their emotions, self-image and self-esteem. Many are self-harming to relieve their stress.
Historically NSSI was never as transparent as it is today. If you look, you will find young people and now not so young who have scars up and down their arms and legs. Please be aware that cutting is not the only type of NSSI.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. As a psychotherapist who works with teenagers, I have observed the increase in teenage cutting over the years.
Chris Nicholson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. The show, which worked with charities Samaritans and Mind on the episode, broadcast a special edition, which looked closely at the journey of the character Lily Drinkwelland her friends Peri Lomax and Yasmine Maalik — as well as their parents and guardians — and explored themes of self harm and cutting among teenage girls. It came as a recent report showed there had been a steep rise in incidents of self harm among teenage girls. The study by researchers at the University of Manchester found that self harm was three times more common among girls than boys — and that those who self harm are at much greater risk of suicide.
Researchers estimate that roughly 17 percent of adolescents in this country engage in self-injury behaviors such as cutting—using sharp objects like razor blades and tweezers, or sometimes even just their fingernails to make themselves bleed. And the problem appears to be on the rise. A study in the journal Pediatrics revealed that emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries in adolescents increased between and