Skin Picking, Cutting, Hair Pulling & Self Harm
What is self-harm?
Usually self-harm is defined as someone deliberately hurting themselves without wanting to die. Engaging in self-harm may not mean that someone wants to die. It is a behaviour that is used to cope with difficult or painful feelings. Most people start self-harming as a teenager or young adult. It can continue for many years and become a habit that is difficult to stop.
Examples of self-harm may include:
- Cutting the skin with sharp objects
- Burning the skin
- Taking an overdose of medication or drinking poison
- Hitting the body with fists or another object
- Scratching or picking the skin, resulting in bleeding or welts
- Punching walls or other objects
- Pulling out hairs
Factors that may increase self-harm behaviour
People from all different backgrounds, lifestyles and ages may self-harm as a way of coping with problems, including men and women.
The following are some factors associated with self-harm:
- A crisis or recent difficult life event (death of a loved one, relationship breakdown, difficulties at home or school, recent abuse or violence)
- Depression, anxiety or another mental health issue
- Misusing alcohol or drugs
- Trauma or abuse in childhood
Are you ready to make a change?
You are very welcome to get in touch, for any enquiries or questions you may have, or to schedule an appointment.