Self-harm can be described as non-suicidal self-injury. It is the behavior of causing physical injury (cutting, burning, scratching, hitting, etc.) with the goal to change an emotional state or increase emotional regulation. Individuals who self-harm often view their behaviors as a coping strategy. However, research shows that individuals who engage in self-harm have higher levels of anger and aggression than others. The self-harming behaviors can cause intense feelings of shame and feelings of worthlessness.
Recovery and treatment is possible with professional assistance, especially psychotherapy. If you or someone you care about is struggling with self-harm, please seek help.
We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling, or recommendations online, but an assessment and referral specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 801-264-6000. You can also send us a message by filling out the contact form. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.