Self-Injury Awareness Day


Today is Self-Injury Awareness Day!

According to medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com, self-injury is “a general term for a variety of forms of intentional self-harm without the wish to die. Cutting one’s skin with razors or knives is the most common pattern of self-mutilation. Others include biting, hitting, or bruising oneself; picking or pulling at skin or hair; burning oneself with lighted cigarettes, or amputating parts of the body.” Visit their site to learn more about self-injury causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Here are some facts about self-injuring:

  • 90% of self-injury individuals begin harming themselves during their teen years or younger.
  • Cutting and other self-injury behavior crosses all cultures and socio-economic norms.
  • Cutting and self-injury is a method used by individuals to take care of themselves, their feelings and actions.
  • 40% of all individuals who commit self-injury type behaviors are males.
    Almost 50% of cutters or self-injury individuals have reported being sexually abused.
  • Almost 50% of self-abusers begin at the age of 14 and continue into their 20’s.
  • Some studies indicate that cutting and other self-injury behavior is learned from friends or peers.

(Source: scottcounseling.com)

Do you know the facts? Read these myths about self-harm.

Article: How and Why Do Those With Borderline Personality Disorder Hurt Themselves?

Questions:

There are many self-injury information and support sites out there– what’s your favorite?

Have you found any helpful alternatives to self-harming?

Leave us a comment and let us know!

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One Response

  1. Intensive treatment this weekend with the help of my therapist. However, prior to telling my therapist about my addiction I reached out to sddiction specialist who refused to see while I see me while I was actively using / abusing prescription medication and referred me to detox at my insurance companies preferred hospital when I called them and told them what these therapists said and others they more or less totally dismissed me because they had never heard of this med. and told me to go to NA and hung up. This type of scenerio went on for a few hours on the phone and it broke my heart. So finally today I met with my new therapist and she called the confidential crisis line and they HAVE to go to ER and be medically evaluated because coming of this, which I take a full month of in 9 days, medication could potential heart/blood pressure problems and I need to be monitored in a hospital. I am nervous I am going to be dismissed again because people are unaware of this new dangerous medication Provigil. Will there even be someone there who knows this medication inside out and will know how I should be treated based on the abuse and withdrawal symptoms based on this med. I am scared.

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