Cutting to cope

‘The good news is that as scary as it is for parents to find out that their child is intentionally harming him/herself, psychological treatment can be very effective’

June 8, 2017 14:24
4 minute read.
Troubled teen

Rebellious teen and worried mother (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

In my last article, I wrote about non-suicidal self-injury disorder (NSSI). According to American researchers, 17% to 18% of young people report that they have tried this behavior, with 7% to 8% becoming chronic repeaters.

What motivates a person to harm him/herself? Non-suicidal self-injury is usually the result of a person’s inability to cope with psychological pain in healthy ways. Often, the person has difficulty regulating, expressing and/or understanding emotions.


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