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Sypmtoms of Self-Injury

by Kevin Caruso

The symptoms of self-injury may not be easy to spot because those who self-injure oftentimes go to great lengths to hide their injuries.

Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Wearing jackets, long-sleeve shirts, or any type of heavy clothing in warm weather (to hide cuts on the body)

  • Constantly wearing wrist bands (to hide cuts on the wrist)

  • Openly injuring themselves in subtle ways, i.e. pulling some hair out, picking one’s skin, softly hitting oneself, etc. (When people self-injure in front of others it is usually a subdued behavior – try to pick up on any subtleties that, along with other behaviors, may indicate self-injury)

  • Low self-esteem. (Low self-esteem is ONE of the problems people who self-injure possess)

  • Razor blades, razors, knives, sharp objects, lighters, and any other items that seem to be out of place or not normally used by the person in question.

  • Blood on clothes, in the room of the person in question, in the bathroom, etc.

  • Difficulty expressing feelings. (People who expresses frustration at an inability to express their emotions are at risk for self-injury)

  • Poor performance at school or work (This is particularly true when performance DROPS to a poor level without good reason)

  • Depression

  • “Negative” talk such as:

    • “I hate life”

    • “No one likes me”

    • “I’m no good at anything”

    • “Life is meaningless”

    • “I never feel happy.”

    • “I feel empty.”

It can be more difficult than you might think to spot someone who self-injures.

If you find someone who self-injures, you MUST get help for that person.

If you are a student, you need to tell your parents and your teachers.

If you are not a student, you need to tell someone who can help that person. Then follow-up to make sure that the person is actually receiving help.

If you self-injure and need help, please immediately call 1-800-DONTCUT, and make appointments with a doctor and a therapist.

God bless you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso
Founder, Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief
(Self Injury is a website.)

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