Cutting and self-mutilation, most common in teenage women, affect an unexpectedly large number of both sexes from all walks of life every day. The shame and disgust associated with such self-destruction keeps many from seeking help. As painful as it may be, the release of endorphins that a self-injurer has is not only a relief but is addicting. The underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and stress are momentarily alleviated when a self-injurer takes control and self-mutilates. The Center • A Place of HOPE provides help in understanding and providing treatment for cutting and self-mutilation.
Although self-harm may provide instant relief for a sufferer when things get to be just too much to handle, the long-term effects are more than just the visible physical scars. Self-mutilation is usually conducted behind closed doors with no one coming to the rescue allowing the victim to cover up the evidence. The underlying emotional issues escalate causing the cycle of destruction to continue often leading to worse things. The first step is to understand the causes:
- Unstable living conditions: neglect, social isolation, abuse
- Mental health issues: depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders
- Volatile emotions: loneliness, parental conflict, peer pressure
Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, mental health expert, renowned speaker, accomplished publisher and founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE, offers proven treatment for healing the underlying causes of cutting and self-mutilation. As important as the treatment itself is the education on how to prevent such devastating behavior. The following is an outline of the issues addressed in self-mutilation treatment:
- Educate sufferers and the sufferers’ loved ones on influences, causes and signals of self-mutilation
- Improve the ability to regulate and cope with emotions and impulses
- Address the sources of emotional pain in the external environment
- Enhance opportunities to communicate and stay socially connected
The Center • A Place of HOPE believes in treating the psychological, emotional and spiritual issues of the individual to develop healthy mechanisms for successful living. Acknowledging help is needed, taking cutting and self-mutilation seriously and recognizing that treatment is necessary puts you on the right path.
To seek treatment for self-mutilation, contact The Center • A Place of HOPE.