Signs Your Teen May Need Self Inury Treatment or How You Can Help
As a parent, it is a scary thought that your teenagers could ever harm themselves because they are unhappy. Cutting and self-harm is a way that some teenagers deal with feelings of depression or loneliness. It makes them feel a sense of control over their lives when it seems like everything around them is chaotic. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, it is important that you get your teen self injury treatment.
Teenagers who cut themselves will often hide the physical abuse to their body by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants. This sign would be especially noticeable during the summer months when everyone else is wearing shorts and t-shirts. Parents should watch for small, straight cuts on the upper arm or legs. If your child does have a problem, these cuts are often unexplained and appear regularly.
In some cases, teenagers who are self-injuring themselves may have been physically, sexually, or verbally abused in their past by a close family member or friend. Because of this, they are often fairly sensitive, may be a bit of a perfectionist, and are overachievers in many areas of their life. Self-harming can also be a characteristic for psychiatric problems such as anxiety disorder or schizophrenia.
If you suspect that there is a problem, it may be difficult to know how to get your teen self injury treatment. The first thing you should do is have open communication with your teenager. You want him or her to know that you are concerned and that you are there to talk. Self injury is usually not a suicidal behavior. Instead of rushing them to a hospital, it is a good idea to take them to a therapist who can talk to them and help them deal with whatever is going on in their life to lead to this self injury.
Getting your teen self injury treatment is one of the most important things you can do if you notice that your teenager is cutting him or herself. They need to get help with whatever they are feeling and learn how to channel that pain into a safer coping mechanism.
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