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

Study of Borderline Personality Disorder Observes Families

A study looked at interactions between young adult children with borderline personality disorder and their parents, revealing the ways children have to take care of the parents.

Negative Self-Talk: Don't Let It Overwhelm You

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is negative self-talk wearing you down? You have the power to change it.

Self-Cyberbullying

New study reports that nearly six percent of students (approximately 1 in 20) admitted to posting something cruel about themselves online.

Death by Negligence

By Marc Nemiroff Ph. D. on November 24, 2017 in Where the Heart Is
What is psychology's responsibility in the gun control debate when it comes to an individual suicide?

Does Hormonal Contraception Raise Suicide Risk?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 22, 2017 in ExperiMentations
New research looks at how different factors related to hormonal contraception may affect risk of suicide, providing important information for clinicians and patients.

Why Has Self-Harm Tripled Among Tween and Teen Girls?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Why are three times as many girls harming themselves? There's a likely culprit.

Masturbation: Self-Abuse or Biological Necessity?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Masturbation has slowly lost its evil reputation from previous centuries. Human studies and primate research both indicate that it brings benefits rather than health risks.
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Maslow's Hierarchy Is the Source of Our Self-Obsession

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Whether you know it or not, a powerful cult is recruiting you. How do you know if you're a member and why should you care?

Social Media Societies Pose Risks to Mental Health

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Researchers found that online communities can encourage self harm.

Decide to Be Fine: A Supernatural Contract to Keep Fighting

“Decide to be fine til the end of the week. Make yourself smile because you’re alive and it’s your job. And do it again the next week.” Do no-harm contracts help us keep fighting?

Why Are Suicide Rates Higher Among LGBTQ Youth?

Among youth who identify as sexual minorities, the likelihood of death by suicide has been estimated to be two to seven times greater.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and Risk of Suicide

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on October 09, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
More and more research suggests that people who undergo bariatric surgery may be at increased risk of suicide. Why are these risks often neglected?
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Time to Leave Your Therapist?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 23, 2017 in Fixing Families
Therapy is a different kind of relationship but a relationship none-the-less. Like other relationships it's good to periodically step back and see how well it is working
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What Suicide Survivors Want You to Know

Parents and loved ones of those who have died by suicide share their personal stories. Learn some of the warning signs and how you can help.

All Autistic Behavior is Not Communication

By Amy S.F. Lutz on September 05, 2017 in Inspectrum
Parents and providers need to recognize when aggression and/or self-injury is driven by biological factors that can be medically treated.

When Bullies Go Back to School: Spot Them, and Stop Them

Back to school is a time of excitement, or dread--depending on whether or not a child is being bullied. Spot and stop bullies from ruining another year for victims and families.

Dogs as Healers, Dogs as Co-Therapists for PTSD

How Dogs Can Facilitate the Healing of Trauma.

Why Should We Care What the Victorians Thought of Self-Harm?

By Sarah Chaney Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in The History of Self-Harm
Forget what you thought you knew about self-harm. History suggests our attitudes are more culturally determined than we might think.

15 Things to Do Instead of Self-Harming

Guest post by Lauren Coe, M.S. Ed., author of Let's Talk About Self-Harm.

We Can Break Without Shattering

By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on August 06, 2017 in Do Your Own Think
Have you been trying to block out those feelings of hurt, regret, betrayal or heartbreak? Gritting your teeth and embracing the pain can actually be the first step to healing.

Keeping Refugee Children and Teens Safe

Even as we cheer for George and Amal Clooney's commitment to schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, let's remember the mental health needs of refugee children everywhere.

A Lethal Trifecta

Are you worried about a doctor colleague or family member or friend? Here are some things to think about.
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How to Cut an Unhealthy Bond With Someone

Learn to set healthy boundaries with those who drain you to protect your sensitivities and enhance your well-being.

The Wall

By Frances Kuffel on June 30, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
Regret piled up on regret until I had to hurt physically to match the internal stream of ache.
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Dangerous Things Kids Do

Adolescents seek out novelty and excitement as they explore their sense of identity, which leaves them vulnerable to dangerous trends and people.

10 Ways to Cope With Life's Unpleasant Tasks

Life often presents us with tasks that we’d rather not have to tackle. When faced with the inevitable, new research suggests how to make the whole process that much easier.

What Was Jerry Garcia's Addiction?

Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are portrayed in the more than four-hour documentary, Love Strange Trip, representing the intricate connections of their music and lives.

13 Reasons Why

Have your heard warnings about "13 Reasons Why?" Get the basics about how clinical depression is diagnosed.

Fell on Black Days: Mourning the Suicide of Chris Cornell

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Reflections on suicide, celebrity, and selfishness