This is such a compelling article I discovered in the (The Telegraph), written by Anne Stone, who discovered her daughter at the age of 15 was cutting herself.
Self-injury, also called self-harm, is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It’s typically not meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. MayoClinic.com
She went on to state that an “astonishing number of people I knew had children who were cutting themselves”. Comparing it to anorexia, she identified that it seemed to particularly affect girls, however, unlike anorexia it’s “highly visible” and she mentioned a new film exploring cutting – entitled “How I Live Now”.
Her daughter described it as a relief from intense pressure. Cutting is an addiction. She refused medications, namely anti-depressants and found treatment, finally reaching out to a therapist. This is at times an effective method, as even though family, friends or teachers attempt to support all they can, exploring and expressing feelings are easier with a qualified therapist.
After a long battle….she is doing well.