Adolescents often engage in self-harming behaviors alone, parents may not be aware that this problem exists.
Being observant can often uncover early signs of self-injury such as:
- An abnormal number of cuts/burns on the wrists, arms, legs, hips or stomach
- Wearing of long sleeves and pants even in warm weather to cover the marks
- Frequent ‘accidents’ that cause physical injury
- Evidence that your teenager’s friends are self-mutilating
- Finding razors or knives in strange locations
- Your teen locking themselves away for long periods of time in their bedroom or bathroom
- Reluctance to be part of a social circle or social event
If you suspect a teen you know is struggle with self-harm – reach out to them and let them know that you know and that you’re there for them.
If you, or your child need additional support to manage self-harming behaviors, we can help.
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If you would like Dr. Kay Trotter to come talk to your group or find out more about Kaleidoscope Counseling please call 214-499-0396