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:
- Always wearing long sleeves even in warm weather
- Unexplained blood stains or marks
- Sharp instruments in their possession.
- Frequent unexplained accidents
- Needing time alone
- 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.