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Why Do We Hurt Ourselves?

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Michie Summers-Perez

on 14 March 2014

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Transcript of Why Do We Hurt Ourselves?

Why Do We Hurt Ourselves?
Self-harm is...
Blood stains
Warning signs to look out for
Confide in someone
I need help, who should I talk to?
What are some alternatives to cutting?
What are some ways we harm ourselves?
Pulling one's own hair...
also known as self-mutilation and it is the deliberate infliction of damage to your own body.(1)
Intentionally Preventing Wounds from Healing...
Hitting yourself/banging your head...
Sticking objects into your skin...
Dispelling the myths
Myth #1: People who self-injure are crazy and/or dangerous
Myth #2:
People who self-injure want to die
Myth #3: If the wounds are not bad, then it's not that serious
Myth #4: You should not confront people about their self-harm
Let's talk about gender differences...
85% of people who cut are women
Women are socialized to internalize emotions
Excessive focus on women's bodies
Men are socialized to externalize emotions
Adler, P. & Adler, P. (2011). Do men self-injure? Male and female patterns of self-harm. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-deviance-society/201109/do-men-self-injure.
Marano, H. E. (2004). A cry for help. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200405/cry-help.
Sandler, E. P. (2009). Self-injury: Addiction? Parasuicide? Cry for help? Or none of the above? http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/promoting-hope-preventing-suicide/2000907/self-injury-addiction.

Why would someone resort to self-harm?
To express feelings they are unable to put in words
To release feelings of pain and tension
To feel a sense of control
To have a distraction from overwhelming emotions or life circumstances
Relieve guilt or to punish themselves
To feel alive or to feel something other than numbness
Sharp objects in inappropriate or unexpected places
Excessive covering up
Frequent reports of "accidents"
Long periods of isolation (especially in bathrooms or bedroom)
Write in a journal
Listen to music
Take a bath
Call a friend/talk to someone
Play video games
Call a crisis hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Call 24/7) - 1-800-273-8255
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