Self-destructive behavior can take many forms and vary in severity. Examples include neglecting our bodies by not sleeping or eating enough, as well as more serious problems such as excessive drinking, taking drugs and self-harm (such as cutting or burning yourself).
Self-harm or injury is not something people like to talk about, but it is a widespread problem that affects millions of Americans.
Most people who injure themselves are not attempting suicide, but instead, do so to cope with stress because the pain helps to dull other emotional trauma. It can also be a cry for help. Often, a recent rejection or feelings of inadequacy will precipitate this behavior. In addition, it is often found that those who injure themselves commonly experienced an early childhood trauma such as physical or sexual abuse.
Those who self-harm need to develop better coping mechanisms. It is important to find other things to do in place of the self-injurious behavior such as exercise, writing or spending time with a friend.
Know that you are not alone and that this is a common problem, seeking professional help will help you to find ways of coping with your feelings, so that you do not continue to injure yourself. Either talk to your Doctor or schedule a private and confidential appointment with one of our caring and experienced counselors.
Article by Dr. Nicoletta Pallotta.