Teens are very vulnerable to emotional swings and depression is gaining at alarming rate in today’s teens, reasons could be various. In this blog topic by CRB Tech Reviews I write the teens and their tendency to self injury as a way to deal with stress and how to prevent them.
Self-injury to deal with stress
Some young children get habituated to self injury to gain attention from the busy parents and make them feel their presence. Self-injury slowly becomes a ritual
When teens feel sad, anxious, distressed or confused, the emotional swings might be very extreme such that they lead to the acts of self-injury (like cutting, self-mutilation, or self-harm).
Besides cutting and scratching, biting, hitting, and pulling out hair are some of the other ways teens use self-injury to cope with bad feelings.
Self-injury is an unhealthy and a dangerous act and leaves scars, both emotionally and physically.
Stress and its relatedness with self-injury
Everybody experiences stress and people express stress in different ways. Stress is characterized by either feeling nervous or jumpy. It can also include feelings of intense sadness, anger or frustration.
These feelings are often caused by things that happen during a day. They can also be caused by things that are going to happen in the future (like an exam or a big dance event).
Some people suffer from higher levels of stress compared to others. For instances, two performers in a school play might feel different about performing. One might be overwhelmed; the other might feel nauseous.
This difference might be due to a person’s genetic makeup, or it might be due to a traumatic experience at a very tender age. These feelings might be triggered by a certain event or by many bad things happening in a short period of time, intense feelings of frustration is also related to a person’s upbringing.
Children of abusive parents lack good role models to deal with stress in a healthy way.
As stress is experienced in unique ways even dealing them is a different approach. The ways of lowering bad feelings are called “coping mechanisms.” There are many healthy coping mechanisms
- Playing piano or drums
- Meditation or prayers
- Talking with a trustworthy person
There are also a few unhealthy coping mechanisms:
- Taking drugs
- Alcohol abuse
- Smoking cigarette
Psychologists found that self-injury can fast get rid of tension and other bad feelings. Similar to drugs and alcohol, self-injury provides only a quick solution. Besides the physical outcomes, one danger of self-injury is that the habit can get way into adulthood. This is why it’s very critical how we teach our teens learn safe, healthy and effective coping strategies such that they can deal with worries and stress in a good way in adulthood.
Is Body Piercing and Tattooing Forms of Self-Injury?
The thing that differentiates self-injury from other forms of physical harm is the elevated temperament a teen experiences after self-injury.
Is Self-Injury a Type of Mental Illness?
Nope! It’s essential to understand that a teen that injures himself is not mentally ill. Self-injury is not merely a way to get attention. Even though the teen might not feel a pain while inflicting the wound, he or she will feel the pain later.
Hence such injuries should not be brushed aside as mere manipulation, nor should the teen be made fun of for acting different. Self-injury must be taken seriously by friends and family. Compassion and trust can make a world of difference.
Is Self-injury Like Suicide?
People who inflict self-injure to get rid of bad feelings are not definitely suicidal. Self-injury is actually the opposite. Instead of a desire to end their lives, those who inflict self injury to themselves are desperate enough to find a way to get through the day without feeling terrible.
The two concepts are different, yet self-injury must not be overlooked as a small problem. The very consequence of self-injury is a physical damage to one’s body. It’s important for the self-injurer to seek help at once.
Is There Ways To Prevent Self-Injury?
A person might not be able to stop injuring themselves all of a sudden. But visiting a counsellor or joining a rehab group will likely help to reduce the frequency and severity of the act of self harm. Severe negative feelings might cause a person to feel desolated from rest of the world, hence a social support system is important to fight self-inflicted temperament.
There are several effective treatment strategies for those who self-injure. The types of self-injury are unique to each person. A psychologist or a counsellor will be able to customise a treatment strategy for each person.
It is very important to seek immediate help for self injury.
If you have a tendency to self-injure, or have already made an attempt, tell about it to someone who can help you find a better solution to deal with bad feelings. That person might be a parent, an older sibling, a rabbi, a guide, a counsellor, a physician, social worker, or any other trusted adult.
Even you extent a helping hand if you know of someone who inflicts self injury to deal with stress and grief.
We conclude now. Take care of yourself and of people in your surroundings.
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