Whenever you notice a potential problem developing, it is wise to seek help. Mental health professionals are trained to deal with these types of problems. Counseling is the process of analyzing one’s thoughts to determine if an individual’s thinking is consistent with reality. Counseling would be the ideal solution to this problem.
People engage in self-harm whenever they don’t feel good about themselves. Self-harm is self-punishment. By its very nature, it is self-destructive. It’s a maladaptive attempt at solving one’s problems.
Counseling, on the other hand, is the opposite of maladaptive coping. It’s the purposeful learning of problem-solving skills. We are not born knowing how to solve our own problems. Everyone faces life problems, but not everyone is equipped with the proper skill set to manage these problems. These skills must be learned. In the absence of problem-solving skills, people tend to engage in maladaptive strategies such as self-harm.
I would strongly recommend counseling. Ask your primary care physician for referral. Some primary care physicians even have in-house licensed clinical social workers to assist patients with more immediate psychological care. Perhaps your primary care physician has such a service. If not, he or she can refer you to a counselor in the community. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can stabilize your mood. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle