10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Self-Harm

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Some people slit their wrists, while some prefer their thighs. Whichever the case may be anything that has to do with self-harm or self-mutilation is a crime against a person. To harm yourself is a blatant disregard at the blessings you have been given. Everyone goes through a rough patch or a small bump along the way; it’s life. It’s learning and it’s imperative that we do so because it only leads to getting stronger and becoming smarter.

A majority of the people, especially those who reside in highly progressive countries, find solace in self-mutilation in order to find peace among all the problems and stressful situations thrown at them. Weaker spirits, so to speak. Depression is a vile mental disorder that is more severe and lasts longer than the regular type of sadness. It interferes with other aspects of your life, like work, school, as well as relationships. With the right type of treatment and rehabilitation, many people may overcome it to lead the happy, healthy lives everyone was meant to. To find out more about self-harm, here are 10 facts you’d like to know all about them:

Fact 1: Famous personalities who have been known to self-harm are the following: Russell Brand, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Megan Fox, Vincent van Gogh, Angelina Jolie, Demi Lovato, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Shirley Manson, Princess Diana, Christina Ricci, Sid Vicious, as well as Amy Winehouse, to name a few.

Fact 2: There are 5 types of Depression, namely: Dysthymic disorder, Seasonal affective disorder, Major depressive disorder, Postpartum depression, and Bipolar disorder.

Fact 3: You or anyone else can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to receive some immediate help.

Fact 4: 1 out of 10 people self-harms by taking tablets, cutting, burning, piercing, or swallowing objects. It is more rampant within the age gaps of 14-23, women, gay and bisexual people and in some sub-cultures. Some people tend to self-harm regularly because the activity can become an addiction.

Fact 5: Studies show that roughly 13 to 25 % of teens, as well as young adults surveyed in select schools have history pertaining to self-injury, even if they’ve only done so once or twice. The average age for people who self-harm is about 14-16, though self-harm habits affect people of all ages.

Fact 6: Deliberate self-harm may bring an immediate sense of relief, but this is only a temporary solution. Self-harm can cause permanent damage to your body, and similar to many other habits, the sense of relief may last for much quicker since the body grows accustomed to the sensations. Psychologically speaking, self harm may be associated with a sense of guilt, depression, low self-esteem, as well as self-hatred along with a tendency to isolate yourself from others.

Fact 7: Self harm doesn’t necessarily mean injuring yourself. Other forms of self-harm include: Things like starving, overeating, binge drinking or getting incessantly drunk, risk-taking or risky and irrational behavior, as well as smoking is considered as types of self harm. Some coping methods one would like to consider undertaking is burying yourself in work, but a heavy workload and a stressful environment can also lead to self harm.

Fact 8: Self harm, more often than, not goes hand-in-hand with eating disorders and poor body image.

Fact 9: Suicide warning symptoms may include: threatening to cause harm to one’s self, looking or referring to ways to kill oneself, feelings of hopelessness or uncontrolled anger, acting reckless seemingly without thinking, increasing alcohol or drug use, withdrawal from friends, family, and society, giving away belongings, drastic mood changes, as well as seeing no reason for living; having no sense of purpose in life and feeling invaluable or a burden to others.

Fact 10: 90 % of people who subject themselves to self harm begin during their teenage or pre-adolescent years. Women comprise 60 % of those who engage in self harmful behavior. Roughly 50 % of those who engage in self-mutilation begin at around the age 14 and carry on into their 20s.

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