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:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Conduct Disorders
- Clinical Depression
- Bi-Polar Disorder
Disorders Symptoms of self-harm include:
- Purposeful physical harm
- Inability to cope
- Extreme anxiety
- Feelings of extreme stress
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 four locations – Spruce Grove, Red Deer, Edmonton and Calgary, in order to better serve you. Please call us today in order to set up an appointment.
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