Self-harm, also known as self-injury, is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of one’s own body, usually without suicidal intentions. Other terms such as cutting and self-mutilation are also used to describe self-harming behavior. It is usually done in secret and is often hard to detect. The most common form of self-harm is using a sharp object to cut one’s skin. Other forms include behavior such as burning, scratching, or hitting body parts.
If you self-harm you are not alone – 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 7 males engage in self-harm. Ninety percent of people who self-harm begin during the teen years. (HealthyPlace.com)
The reasons why people self-harm are varied, but it is most always rooted in a need to cover up a deep emotional pain. Some need to feel control over physical pain unlike their emotional pain, some need to feel something physical after being emotionally numb, some feel the need to punish themselves.
Like many addictive behaviors, self-harm is a false feel good that doesn’t last. However, there is hope for anyone who self-harms to break the addiction and find healing.