Self-injury and self-harm behaviors are still hidden and stigmatized within the mental health profession. Many professionals are afraid to talk about them with their clients, and family doctors rarely ask their young patients — who are most likely to engage in such behaviors — about them.

They are a continuing hidden epidemic among teens and young adults today.

But self-harm behaviors such as cutting don’t have to remain in the dark. Best of all, if a person can find a way to talk about them to someone they trust — such as a friend, a family member or a teacher — they may also find help for them.

In this video, Psych Central’s Ask the Therapists Daniel J. Tomasulo, Ph.D. & Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. discuss why some people turn to self-harm (such as cutting), and what can be done to help them.

Dr. Marie and Dr. Dan host many videos on relationship and mental health topics here on our blog and you can check them out on our YouTube channel. Want to learn more about Dr. Marie and Dr. Dan?

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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 May 2012
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2012). Video: Cutting, Self-injury & Self-harm. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 18, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/05/25/video-cutting-self-injury-self-harm/

 

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