March 12, 2021
Have you ever wondered why someone would want to harm him or her? Won’t it hurt? Can’t they just stop it? Self harm may sound like a nonsense thought but those who do it have their reasons. It could be an outcome of a trauma or emotional turmoil resulting from fear, sadness, anger, and revenge among other triggers.
Why Someone Would Self Harm
Researchers suggest, “Self-harm does not often simply follow the wish to die. Those who self-harm may do so to communicate with others or influence them to secure help or care. They may self-harm to obtain relief from a particular emotional state or overwhelming situation.”
When emotions arise, they affect the whole body. The effect is so intense in people who have experienced traumas or adversity that they find it hard to control. Unable to understand how to cope with these overwhelming emotions, they resort to self-harm. As psychologists suggest, some self harm victims feel as if their minds are constantly yelling at her. They find self harm or self punishment as the only way to stop the emotions from aggravating further. They perceive it as a way to relieve the pain emerging from their emotional memories.
“In particular, people who harm themselves as a way of relieving distress (through cutting, for example) might be compelled to do this as a coping strategy to prevent suicide. They are likely to continue to need to do this until they receive appropriate and sufficient psychotherapeutic interventions and support, they add.
How to Indentify Self Harm Behavior
The following signs or symptoms may indicate self harming tendency:
Coping with Self Harm Tendency
It is possible to unlearn and replace self-harm with healthier ways, but it requires will power and medical assistance. Treating the underlying trauma (responsible for self harm) should be the first priority to deal with the problem.
The treatment should aim at helping people work through their sadness, blocked anger, fear and disgust as these feelings are associated with challenging life circumstances such as emotional or physical neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, bullying, feeling too much pressure and more. All people need to learn how to safely experience the emotions that life’s challenges bring. Individuals should be motivated to practice effective ways to calm their emotional overwhelm to control the urge to self harm. It may include:
While family and friends’ support is pivotal in overcoming self harm tendency, immediate medical attention may be required in case of severe injury. In such situation, call our 24/7 Live Admission Help (866) 548-0190 for prompt help.