Telling her own personal story as a teen and what her mom was faced with, Adria shares what it was like being faced with the fact that her depression and anxiety as well as self-harm was leading her to a road of destruction. Her mom was left with little alternatives other than to put Adria into a hospital to get help. Adria shares what those moments were like. Calling out to God did something she hadn’t expected which turned her life around. As a parent, I could identify with everything Adria shared having the fact that my own daughter went through an identical situation. We as parents can learn a lot from our teens and their emotional state and where their thoughts are taking them. I applaud Adria for exposing something very personal in her life so that she could help others. My prayer is that her life will be a beacon of hope for others that God does hear us when we call out to Him.
As young as 10 years old are learning how to self-harm by do it yourself advice. Is this what we want our children and teens exposed to? Please take the time and read this important blog post from my friend blogger More Than Skip Deep.
Reasons why young people and children self-harm. An excellent article and must-read. Please take the time to inform yourself and share with others who may be know someone who self-harms.
Cutting. It is one of the fastest growing self-harm issues of today among teens. Many parents assume that it only happens among girls which is true to an extent, but as you look at the alarming statistics, boys also self-harm and are not too far behind.
Studies show that cutting can start as young as 7 but the average start is between the ages of 10-16. When high school hits, girls are three times higher. Cutting has been around for half a century or longer but it is now becoming more prevalent in our society.
So why do they cut? Each teen has different reasons for their cutting. For some it is stress at school or at home. It could come from bullying or personal family problems. It can be from abandonment or psychological sufferings that they are tormented with such as abuse, incest, rape, body issues, rejection and more. Any of these reasons can make them susceptible to self-harm but in the end, it is a form of control and coping skill. Continue reading