Self Defense

Until recently, there was little research dedicated to understanding nonsuicidal self-injury like cutting.

1 in 5 adolescents (particularly girls) report self-harm. For 20% of them, the behavior can become an addiction.

Once considered a symptom of depression or bipolar, self-harm is self-soothing for many experiencing emotional turbulence. “It’s not about suicide,” psychologist Barent Walsh says. “It’s something very different, a way of regulating emotion, of reducing emotional pain.” 

Specialized talk therapy can teach coping skills and resilience. “There is real hope if you listen, if you’re curious about the behavior and not afraid of it,” says peer specialist Nancy Dupill. 

The New York Times

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