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.