Is Your Child Cutting? Are you Sure?

call a therapist if your child/teen is cutting

Have you checked in with your child lately?

By Ilissa Banhazl, MFT-

Something new after the Baby Boomer Generation is young people cutting themselves. While working with many teens and younger children I have found that they are engaging in cutting behavior because they are in extreme pain and don’t know what else to do. Cutting can give temporary relief from pain much like a Band-Aid. Unfortunately afterwards the pain remains as do the scars and shame.

Signs that your child may be cutting are:

  1. Always wearing long sleeves even in warm weather
  2. Unexplained blood stains or marks
  3. Sharp instruments in their possession.
  4. Frequent unexplained accidents
  5. Needing time alone
  6. Feeling lonely, isolated or irritated

If you find that your child/tween/teen/young adult is cutting seek professional help immediately. Don’t be angry with your child. You want to show concern and support. There is something very wrong and your child needs help. They are not looking for attention. This is serious. Call your therapist and/or your M.D.

Want to speak to someone right now about your child?

About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. or
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