Self Harming

Self-harm is usually a reaction to an inability to properly cope with, or an attempt to mask emotional, mental, or psychological pain. People who self-harmer cut, burn, or scratch themselves in places on the body that are easily covered or hidden, in order to keep the abuse a secret. Pulling out one’s hair and swallowing toxic or harmful substances are other forms of self-harm that are less well-known. These abuses are not normally life-threatening, and are not meant to be a suicide attempt.

Some diagnoses that can accompany self-harm are:

Disorders Symptoms of self-harm include:

  • Purposeful physical harm
  • Inability to cope
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Dissociation
  • Feelings of extreme stress
  • Self-hatred
  • Anger

How we can help

There are several therapeutic treatments available to those who self-harm. If the self-harm is found to be caused by another related disorder, then that must be treated as well. A licensed counsellor will work with you in order to determine the best course of therapy.

Insight Psychological has offices in six locations across Alberta in order to better serve you. Please call us today in order to set up an appointment.