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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?
Exercise
What are some alternatives to cutting?
What are some ways we harm ourselves?
Cutting...
Burning...
Pulling one's own hair...
Branding...
Scratching...
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
Why?
Women are socialized to internalize emotions
Excessive focus on women's bodies
Men are socialized to externalize emotions
References:
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
Wounds/Scars
Sharp objects in inappropriate or unexpected places
Excessive covering up
Frequent reports of "accidents"
Long periods of isolation (especially in bathrooms or bedroom)
Irritability
Write in a journal
Draw/Paint
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
Family
Friends
Counselor
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