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Self-Harm: Understanding and Overcoming the Behaviour

Self-harm, also known as self-injury or self-mutilation, is a behaviour in which a person intentionally causes harm to their own body. This can include cutting, burning, scratching, or hitting oneself. It is important to note that self-harm is not the same as suicide and is not always a suicidal act. However, it can be a warning sign of underlying emotional distress and should be taken seriously.

Self-harm can be a coping mechanism for individuals who feel

overwhelmed by emotions such as anger, sadness, or stress.

The physical pain of self-harm can distract from emotional

pain, and the act of self-harm can release endorphins,

leading to temporary feelings of relief.

If you or someone you know is engaging in self-harm, it is

important to seek help. This can involve talking to a trusted

friend or family member, reaching out to a mental health

professional, or joining a support group.

Treatment options for self-harm include therapy, medication, and alternative coping strategies. In therapy, individuals can work with a mental health professional to explore the underlying causes of their self-harm and learn healthier ways to manage their emotions. Medication may be prescribed to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions. Alternative coping strategies can include exercising, journaling, or engaging in creative activities.

It is important to remember that self-harm is not a sign of weakness and that help is available. With the right support and treatment, it is possible to overcome self-harm and live a fulfilling life.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, seek help from a trusted friend or family member, or call emergency services.

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Our therapists based in Preston & Penwortham offer a variety of services to help with self-harm including counselling for adults and children, psychotherapy for both adults and children and cognitive behavioural therapy.


To find out more about our therapy options and to receive a recommendation on which therapy would be most appropriate for you, please click on the button below to book a free consultation.

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