Self-Harm: Why was her daughter Cutting?

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.

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.

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