Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm is the deliberate infliction of damage to your own body, and includes cutting, burning, and other forms of injury. While cutting can look like attempted suicide, it's often not; most people who mutilate themselves do it as a way to regulate mood. People who hurt themselves in this way may be motivated by a need to distract themselves from inner turmoil, or to quickly release anxiety that builds due to an inability to express intense emotions.

Recent Posts on Self-Harm

Ups and Downs

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 How To Do Life
A very short story about a person with bipolar and his wife.

Risky Business: The Psychology of Facing Danger

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on January 27, 2016 The Dolphin Divide
How we arrive at the willingness to take calculated risks. Specific components of mental conditioning are often required to face moments of grave danger.

Can You Be 'Addicted' to Water?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 20, 2016 In Excess
There are various accounts of individuals being aquaholics ("addicted to water). This article examines the literature on psychogenic polydipsia, hyponatraemia, and ‘aquaholism'.

Overcoming BPD - 9 New Years Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on January 18, 2016 On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of BPD, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here is a specific practice to target self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.

Teens and Self-Injurious Behaviors

Find out why teenagers self-injure and the warning signs to look for.

7 Trusted Tips for Finding Love

Check out these basic prerequisites for finding love.

Alert or Avert: Evaluating the Suicidal Mass Murderer

A lesson in suicide evaluation for those tasked with welfare checks might avert future acts of self-destructive mass murder.

The Destructive Power of Borderline Personality Disorder

The turbulence and trauma of borderline personality disorder make self-harm and suicide attempts frighteningly common. But recovery is common, too.

How Do You Do What You Do?

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on December 13, 2015 On the Borderline
Is there a solution to BPD? One fundamental practice can help the person with BPD and their care-giver.

Understanding Self-Destructive (Dysregulated) Behaviors

Have you ever realized that one of your behaviors was causing you harm – but been unable to stop the behavior?

My Husband Is an Ineffective Father

"I can't take it anymore. I want to walk away."

Why Keeping Problems Secret Only Make Them Worse

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Freedom to Grieve
Is this you? You hold it all together until the last person leaves the house and then you break down crying. You think, “How can everyone else be doing so well but I am failing?"

How Common Is Suicide?

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 03, 2015 Hide and Seek
Suicide remains one of the biggest killers for men under the age of 50.

5 Ways Mentally Strong People Conquer Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is inevitable, but the way you respond to it is your choice.

Why Can’t I Get Over My Ex?

An ex can occupy our thoughts for days, months, or even year. When you can’t get over an ex, more accurately remembering how our relationship really was can help us move on.

How Dieters Can Make Halloween More About Treats Than Tricks

By Gregg McBride on October 24, 2015 The Weight-ing Game
Hear that scream? That's not an extra from The Walking Dead or someone watching a scary movie marathon. That's me walking near the candy aisle while at the grocery store during this time of year. And like me, many of us with a dieter's mentality fear Halloween with the same kind of dread we do a visit to the dentist or getting on the scale after a weekend binge.

The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Common sense says that something becomes addictive because of its intrinsically powerful attraction. Johann Hari and other have shown that this is wrong, and that the context is crucial. By context they mean the history of emotional abuse, neglect, and isolation. Recovery groups, at their best, work because they provide a contradictory context of love and community

Suicide as a Form of Homicide

There are as many reasons for killing oneself as there are for killing other people.

Preventing Regret

What people tend to regret the most near the end of their lives is that they have not been more compassionate, loving, and supportive to those they love. A presage of this kind of regret comes with the untimely death of a loved one. The common self-doubt, even in relationships that were very close and loving, is something like: “Did she really know how much I loved her?”

'New Syndrome' Syndrome

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 In Excess
In the 1980s and early 1990s, there seemed to be a real upsurge is the naming of "new syndromes" in the medical literature including many relating to excessive use of technology and other leisure activities. This article takes a brief look at some of the strange medical side-effects of various excessive behaviors that have made their way into the medical literature.

20 Tips for Living Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Herein, a list of 20 tips to help with the health challenges all us face at one time or another in life.

Mean vs. Kind Humor

By Rebecca Coffey on September 08, 2015 The Bejeezus Out of Me
Are “affiliative” and “self-enhancing” forms of humor healthier than “aggressive” and “self-defeating” forms?

Understanding Self-Harm

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 04, 2015 Hide and Seek
Self-harm is reaching epidemic proportions in the UK.

Online Activities of Youth Who Engage in Self-Harm Behaviors

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Connected
Our new infographic explores what young people who engage in self-harm behavior do online, which differs in some ways from youth who do not engage in self-harm.

After a Suicide Tragedy, Will There Be Copycats?

A recently published study entitled 'One followed by many?--Long-term effects of a celebrity suicide on the number of suicidal acts on the German railway net', found the number of railway suicidal acts, in the following two weeks, more than doubled in Germany.

Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery - The Next Big Thing?

Women who choose to have this surgery don't appear as hapless victims of consumer culture, to the surgeons, but as thoughtful, assertive, autonomous women making positive choices to improve their lives. However... offering procedures alleged to improve self-esteem can prey on the insecurities of vulnerable women who suffer genital anxiety...

Beware the Witch-hunt: Depression, Pilots and Air Crashes

Should pilots undertake regular psychological assessment? And how to make it accurate and reliable?

Self-Harm Websites and Teens Who Visit Them

A very small percent of youth visit websites about self-harm. But on the Internet, followings on one self-harm site can number in the thousands. Are these sites harmful for youth who visit them, or do they provide some social support?

5 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Say

If you find yourself saying any of these phrases, consider it a warning sign that you could be making a bad decision.

Feeling Bad? Here's What You Shouldn't Do.

Overcompensating for failure could be your downfall.