When life is at its most challenging, coping with adversity can be emotional and difficult. Many people resort to self-harm as a way to handle conflict. The reasons for it are complex and varied, and treatment can be a long process. But one thing is clear: it’s not the answer.
What is Self-Harm?
Self-harm is a coping mechanism in which people purposefully hurt themselves, often becoming a habit whenever emotionally difficult situations arise. Cutting, punching, and scratching are common methods. People who self-harm tend to do it in private, hiding scars or marks with long sleeves or pants. Self-harm is frequently inflicted on the wrists, inner thighs, and other easily concealed areas. While self-harm is intended as a coping mechanism, the physical and mental anguish associated with it can actually exacerbate these issues.