Nonsuicidal self-injury, also known as self-injury, is intentionally harming one’s own body, such as cutting or burning oneself. It is not usually intended as a suicide attempt. Instead, self-harm is a dangerous way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger, and frustration.
While self-injury may provide a brief sense of calm and relief from tension, it is usually followed by guilt and shame and the return of painful emotions. Although life-threatening injuries are rarely intended, self-injury opens the door to more severe and fatal self-aggression.
Receiving appropriate treatment can assist you in learning healthier coping mechanisms.
Self-injury symptoms and signs may include:
- Scars, frequently in patterns
- Cuts, scratches, bruises, bite marks, and other wounds that have recently occurred.
- Excessive rubbing of an area in order to cause a burn
- Keeping sharp objects nearby
- Even in hot weather, wear long sleeves or long pants. There are frequent reports of accidental injury.
- Problems with interpersonal relationships
- Instability of behavior and emotions, impulsivity, and unpredictability
- Helplessness, hopelessness, or worthlessness statements
Self-injury is usually done privately and controlled or ritualistically, leaving a pattern on the skin. Self-harm examples include:
- Cutting (cuts or severe scratches with a sharp object) (cuts or severe scratches with a sharp object)
- Burning (with lit matches, cigarettes or heated, sharp objects such as knives) (with lit matches, cigarettes or heated, sharp objects such as knives)
Words or symbols carved on the skin
- Self-inflicted blows, punches, or head banging
- Using sharp objects to pierce the skin
- Putting things under the skin