Self injurious behavior is a very serious and far too common problem today. Cutting, scratching, burning, head banging are just some of the ways people can engage in self-harm. The behaviors themselves can be quite serious when they occur as intended. In addition to that, there are also risks of infection, or cutting deeper than expected or hitting your head harder than expected, which could lead to unanticipated consequences.
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There are many theories about why we might engage in these behaviors. Some people may cut to feel something when they have felt numb for too long. Others may burn themselves to calm down or stop themselves from feeling the anxiety. At times, you may hurt yourself to punish yourself because you think you are worthless or deserve it because of what you have done.
If you or a loved one is engaging in self-injurious behavior and want help, it is important to get professional help. Our therapists can work with you to understand the function of the self-injury. In some way it is likely serving a purpose, even though it is harmful in some ways, it may be helping you to cope with something that is very challenging. Our therapists will help you to understand what you can do to reduce self-harm and develop other coping strategies.
If you or a loved one are hurting yourself and want help, please call us at (646) 260-0703.
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