(Program) knows how to help your daughter, as she struggles with Self-Harm, a condition in which she is deliberately causing injury to herself, more than only in the form of Cutting, at times by burning, punching, head banging or breaking her own bones. It can also be characterized by her participating in high-risk activities.
Self-Harm (also known as self-abuse, self-mutilation or self-injury) can be the way in which she is able to express feelings she can’t put into words, divert herself from painful emotions, or gain power over, at least, her body if she feels she can’t control anything else in her life. It is also a cry for help.
Many girls who suffer with Self-Harm report some type of childhood abuse (sexual or physical), and almost all say they were discouraged from showing emotions. Self-Abuse is not generally seen as a cry for help, since girls usually do it in secret, and work to hide the actions, as well as the emotions that lead to it. Your daughter may feel alone or empty, frightened by the thought of intimate relationships.
Self-harming behaviors can be a sign of several different psychiatric illnesses or personality disorders.
Treating Self-Harming Teenage Girls
Because Self-Injury may be linked to a variety of mental disorders like depression or eating disorders, it is especially necessary to properly diagnose your daughter.
There is not a single treatment approved for this disorder, but a myriad of options, such as different types of therapy. Treatment might include helping her to understand destructive thoughts and behaviors, gaining skills in developing outside relationships, mindfulness-based therapies (which help her to live in the present and properly construe the behaviors of those around her).