Public Service Announcement…

I am posting this just because I think that it needs to get out there. There isn’t alot of info out there about this and I think that there needs to be, because families that are faced with this situation need to know it exsist. So, that they can look for the signs just as you would for Drug or Alcohol abuse in your children.

The subject is cutting. Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it:

Definition
Self-injury is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It’s not meant as a suicide attempt and isn’t part of a socially acceptable cultural or artistic expression or ritual, such as tattooing. Rather, self-injury is an unhealthy effort to cope with overwhelming negative emotions, such as intense anger, tension and frustration.

While self-injury may bring a momentary sense of calm and a release of tension, it’s usually followed by guilt and shame and the return of painful emotions. Self-injury is often done on impulse, so it’s sometimes considered an impulse-control behavior problem. Self-injury may accompany a variety of mental illnesses, such as depression, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. Self-injury is also known as self-harm, self-injurious behavior, self-mutilation and parasuicide.

Some of the symptoms include but are not limited too:

Scars, such as from burns or cuts
Fresh cuts, scratches or other wounds
Bruises
Broken bones
Keeping sharp objects on hand
Spending a great deal of time alone
Wearing long sleeves or long pants even in hot weather
Claiming to have frequent accidents or mishaps
Wearing a lot of bracelets or hair tyes on wrists.

Arms legs and the torso are the most common sites for cutting. Cutting doesn’t just happen once. It can happen multiple times before you even realize there is anything wrong. When people cut they do so because they can’t handle emotions and don’t have the tools to properly express anger, hurt, or frustration.

If you find out your child is cutting. Be kind and compassionate. Do not yell at them. This could make things worse and something could go very, very wrong. Consult your pediatrician or a mental health a facility to get them the help that they need.

Understand this is not something that they can control and most children/adults that cut don’t do so to commit suicide, it is an emotional outlet. But, left untreated, I hate to say it, but, accidents can happen.

So, if you know someone that is cutting. Please take action and help them. You won’t be sorry and neither will they.

Thanks for reading!

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One Response

  1. That is very good information to have on hand. I will keep this in mind and watch not only my kids but also their friends.

    Thanks for the PSA 🙂

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