Confused and distressed during a traumatic period aged nine, one evening I accidentally injured my foot. As I felt physical pain, I realised that I hadn't been focusing on my emotional pain. And so I started to self-injure.
Self-harm—clinically defined as the deliberate destruction of one's body tissue without suicidal intent, such as cutting, burning, and hair-pulling—is not new. What is new is the proliferation of images and messages through social media that may trigger these behaviors among those vulnerable to them. This is the finding of research published this month in Pediatrics journal.
For a closer look at the problem of teen mutilation, read on. S he lingered behind the others, waiting to speak to me after the workshop I taught at a Christian parenting conference. She'd discovered the faded marks on her daughter's arms a few days earlier.
It is reprinted here with permission. Granted, they are young, and their internal systems of deciphering information and making conclusions are age appropriate. My job as mom is to guide and influence where I can, keep them safe, and cheer them on as they experience both ups and downs in life.
Michael L. O ne of the most common reasons that people seek Biblical counseling lately is because they have recently attempted suicide or had suicidal thoughts. In a large number of these cases, the person needing counseling is a young lady around years of age who has a recent history of cutting herself or doing other acts that result in self-harm.
I cut myself, it makes me feel better. God must hate me. How could He love someone who cuts their skin until it bleeds?
Self-injury is also called self-mutilation, self-harm, or self-abuse. It can be defined as the deliberate, repetitive, impulsive, non-lethal harming of one's self. Believe it or not, cutting is pretty common and not just limited to girls.