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Home Conditions and Disorders Teens and Self Injury

Teenagers over the decades have been falling into deep, dark patterns by inflicting pain on themselves. These teenagers are using box cutting knives to cut themselves and/or lighters to burn themselves as routes to feeling better. More behaviors include cutting, burning and carving of the skin, breaking bones, preventing wound healing. and sticking oneself with pins and needles. This behavior is stated to begin most commonly between the ages of 11 and 15. The surprising thing is that these teenagers are not wanting to die — just harm themselves. This behavior is known as non-suicidal self-injury, or self-harming behavior.
Scientists and researchers have come together to try and piece together why teenagers are turning to such erratic, morbid behavior. Some researchers are concluding that while there may have been an increase in the 1990s to the 2000s, it is at it highest peak now. Thus, it is something that has come to the surface more recently in the world of science and mental illness. Since cutting is on the rise, evidence of such non-suicidal self-injury is representing a big health concern. Recent studies are showing that about 17-28 percent of teenagers have sought out relief by inflicting pain on themselves at some point in their lives.
A number of questions are popping up. Why do young teens hurt themselves? Are some people hard-wired to self-injure? And what treatments work best to stop the cutting?
Harmful after-effects from non-suicidal self-injury include severe depression, anxiety, social isolation, among a host of other negative feelings.
Lastly, self-injury is a way to cope with problems that are happening in the real world or as simple as feeling a sense of relief after wards. The cutting releases endorphins, brain chemicals that relieve pain and produce euphoria.
Treatment options and/or coping mechanisms are very limited for this condition. However, in many cases a technique called dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) has resulted in success for the patient. After becomining involved in DBT, the patient is less likely to relapse as compared to those who did not receive the therapy.