From someone who understands about self-harm up close, this is a great post.
There are quite a few misconceptions regarding self-harm, one of which being the idea that self-harm is for attention. However, the majority of individuals who self-harm will go to great lengths to hide their struggles. For this reason, I feel that it is important to share some of the warning signs that someone is self-harming because many individuals will not know what to look for. This list is based on my own experiences with self-harm and the common warning signs that my friends saw in me. My family still does not know about my struggles with self-harm; however, if someone gave them this list I’m sure a lot of things would start to make sense. So, if you suspect someone you know is self-harming, here are some things you can look for:
- Unexplained cuts (often in a linear/parallel pattern), bruises, burns, or broken bones
- Unexplained groupings of scars
- Numerous scars/cuts/wounds…
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