Self-Harm Treatment Info

Self-harm is a serious and fairly common problem in the United States. Knowing what it involves and how to help someone who tries to harm themself is important.

What is Self-Harm?

Self-harm refers to deliberately hurting oneself. This might be done through burning or cutting oneself.

Self-harm is fundamentally different from suicide. With self-harm, the intent is to not kill but to injure.

Why Do People Self-Harm?

People engage in self-harm as a way to cope with pressure, stress, frustration, or emotional turmoil.

Self-harm brings them release from pressure or tension. However, this release is temporary and is quickly replaced by shame or guilt.

Self-harm can also be done as a form of punishment. The person engaging in this act might feel guilty over previous actions. Self-harm is their way of punishing themselves.

For some people, self-harm happens a few times during their life. For others, it becomes a habit/coping mechanism.

What are the Symptoms of the Potential for Self-Harm

People who engage in self-harm are likely to have these physical signs

How Can You Help Someone Who is Cutting Themselves?

This will depend on your relationship with the person. If you are a parent, punishing or shouting at your child will only make things worse.

First, contact your doctor immediately. You should also make sure they see a mental professional or expert. Also, check the severity of their injuries. This is a period where your child needs your loving care.

If you are a friend, advise them to see a doctor. When dealing with people that self-harm, make sure you keep disapproving comments away from the conversation.

Check on them regularly and try to help them in any way possible.

What are the Possible Treatments for Self-Harm?

Self-harm is especially dangerous when it becomes a habit. Talking to a doctor is important. Your doctor will conduct physical examinations. This will likely be to check on your injuries or wounds.

They might also conduct mental health tests to rule out any other mental health issues.

Self-harm is usually treated by talk therapy. Talking therapies focuses on the following

Other forms of therapies that might be employed include dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy.

If other mental health issues are also diagnosed, the treatment plan will cover it.

In rare situations where injuries are severe, your doctor might request hospitalization.

When Should You See a Doctor?

You should see the doctor immediately if you are engaging in self-harm. If your friend is engaging in self-harm, encourage them to see their doctor.

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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

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Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

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I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.