Self-Harm

**Warning: Before you proceed, there will be graphic content in this post in the form of words and pictures.  Proceed with caution.

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Self-harm is a touchy subject that no one wants to talk about it.  Unfortunately, this subject makes people extremely uncomfortable.  It’s one of those topics that makes people fidget and stare at the ground. Self-harm is the act of causing physical harm to oneself on purpose.  There are various different ways that someone can cause harm to themselves.  And many people use more than one method to harm to self-harm.  Let’s explore 5 common ways that people do this.

Cutting

This is one of the most well-known forms of self-mutilation.  Cutting can be a very serious matter.  Depending on where and how deep the cuts are, a person could bleed out and die from the excessive blood loss.  Cutting is so grotesque that it is commonly referred to as self-mutilation.

Cutting is typically more common in women than men.  About 1 in 3 people who report self-harm use cutting as outlet for emotional pain.  Cutting is the most frequently used method of self-harm.  People usually cut on their inner wrists, their upper thighs, and other places that can usually be hidden by clothing.

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Impact

 This version of self-injury involves purposeful punching or hitting of body parts on objects that will eventually cause bruising or bleeding.  Broken bones, fractures, and sprains are commonly seen as a result.

This is seen more often in men but can also be seen in women.  Approximately 40% of people who report self-harm use this method of injury.

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Burning

 This type of self-injury refers to the use of hot items to burn or brand skin.  People use a variety of different objects, such as: lit cigarettes, lighters, curling irons, hot oven racks, stove burners, etc.

Burning isn’t noticed as frequently as other self-harm methods.  Only about 13% report having used this method to cause bodily harm.

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Carving

 This is a very gruesome way to self-harm.  It involves a person using a sharp object to carve words or symbols into their skin.  This is not the same as cutting, even though it may appear to be very similar.

Carving isn’t a very popular method of self-harm.  Only about 15% of people report having used this method before.

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Rubbing objects

 This form of mutilation occurs when a person intentionally rubs sharp objects into their skin.  This is very different from cutting, which is straight rows of lines.  Object rubbing leads to bigger areas of damage. Like cutting, it can also be a serious matter.  It depends on how deep through the skin layers the injury was made.

Out of these 5 self-injury methods, this occurs the fewest in reported cases.  About 12% have reported doing this at least once.

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Why Talk about it?

Overall, statistics show that about 70% of self-harm cases use more than one of these methods either simultaneously or over the course of a lifetime.  We need to start talking more about self-harm.  That is a large percentage.  There are other, healthier outlets for emotional pain.  When a person self-harms, they are not thinking of the consequences.  All they want is the emotional release.  So, let’s talk about it.  If people who self-harm are not shy about the subject, then why are you?

Make Your Words Known

Can you think of any other forms of self-harm?  Maybe you have harmed yourself or know someone who has done it.  The more aware people become of these behaviors, the more comfortable they can become with the topic.  In the comments below feel free to share your thoughts or your stories.  Or you can share your ideas on how we can help people stop using self-harming methods as an outlet for emotional pain.

 

 

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Author: Brittany Knauss

I have been living my life alongside depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. My goal for this blog is to reach out to others that have similar mental illness and help to offer them some positivity. I have been learning more and more about how to bring more positive energy into my life and I would like to offer some of that to other people. This is also to help educate friends or family who know someone struggling with mental illness so they can help their loved ones and offer them some strengthening support. Social support is a huge factor in positive psychology!

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