Self Harm

Self Harm

noun

Self-harm in young people is when a youth deliberately damages or injures their body as a way of expressing or coping with great emotional turbulence. In most cases, individuals engage in self-harming behaviors as a method of easing some kind of bad feeling.

Self-harm is mostly characterized by puncturing, carving or cutting of the skin, as well as self-bruising, pulling or ripping skin or hair, and burning. Self-harm is generally a means to feel in control of an individual’s body and mind, when they have little control over any other aspect of their life, and is not often associated with attention-seeking as the area where harm is inflicted is typically hidden.