Self-Injury Awareness Day: When a loved one self-injures, symptoms and causes of self-harm

Deepak, 01/03/2017
Self-Injury Awareness Day: When a loved one self-injures, symptoms and causes of self-harm

New Delhi: Self-hurt (SH), otherwise called self-injury, remains a misconstrued condition even today. This condition can happen to people of any age, ethnic groups and religions, however shockingly many still do not have the information about how best to manage or bolster a companion or relative who self-hurts.

Self-injury happens when a person and over and again hurts the surface of his/her own body in a way that is impulsive, however not expected to be deadly. Despite the fact that it's regularly not implied as a suicide endeavor, self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration

Raising awareness about self-harm in incredibly important. Doing so can help to understanding, removing judgment and fear, as well as reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer from this silent behavior.

There are many reasons that lead someone to self-harm, but in most cases people do it to cope with their overwhelming mental or emotional health problems, such as anxiety, depression.

Certain factors that may increase the risk of self-injury, including, age, life issues, excessive alcohol or drug abuse, having friends who self-injure, etc.

Nonsuicidal self-injury, often simply called self-injury, is the act of deliberately harming the surface of your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It's typically not meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, this type of self-injury is an unhealthy way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration

Signs and symptoms of self-injury may include-

  • Cutting or stabbing the skin with a sharp object - usually on the wrists, arms, thighs and chest
  • Scratching to hurt one's self
  • Hair pulling
  • Alcohol or drugs abuse
  • Wearing long sleeves or long pants to keep themselves fully covered, even in hot weather
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Signs of depression and other mental health conditions
  • Changes in eating habits or being secretive about eating
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor functioning at work, school or home.

If you're injuring yourself or have thoughts of harming yourself, do not keep it to yourself, but reach out for help by talking to someone you trust. Seek help from your doctor or other health care provider.

Similarly, if you think a friend or a family member displays the signs of self-harm, do not hesitate to talk to the person and offer help, including  encouraging him/her to seek medical and mental health treatment.

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD), also known as Self-Harm Awareness Day, is a grassroots annual global awareness event held on March 1 each year. The main objective of the event is to to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury - which means educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do



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