Self-Harming Behaviors

Self-harming or self-injury behavior is categorized as a deliberate non-suicidal self-injury. Self-harming behaviors can include but are not limited to cutting, burning, pulling hair out, bruising, head banging, etc. Self-harming or self-injury behaviors reflect unhealthy coping skills and an inability to deal with increased emotional pain such as fear, anger, frustration, self-hatred, and anxiety.

Often clients struggling with self-harming behaviors are placed on both close observation and behavioral contracts for safety.

Early warning signs of self-harming behaviors:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Frequent unexplained injuries
  • Expressed or unexpressed difficulty sharing and talking about feelings
  • relationships, family problems
  • Wearing long sleeves shirts and long pants even in hot weather

Study show an approximate 4% of adults and 15% of adolescents in America are suffering from self-harming behaviors.

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