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Self-harm is when someone deliberately hurts or injures themselves, this can happen on a regular or permanent basis. In general, an adult or child who hurts themselves is in a lot of emotional pain that can be difficult to cope with or even understand.
Some children use self-harm as an emotional outlet, where try to relieve or control pain or confusion. Self-harm is often a secret behavior that is performed alone.
Children may self-harm to deal with emotional pain, to try to manage associated feelings such as some difficult changes, as a way to punish themselves, to try to escape unwanted thoughts, to try to regain control of their life, to fit in with companions and be accepted by some group of equals, to rebel against authority.
It is very important to get the help of a professional when a child deliberately injures himself, but it is even more important to have a healthier and happier life. If you feel guilty, it may seem that you feel fear and your child will not feel the support and support he needs to be able to overcome what is affecting him.
It is necessary that through the approach new skills are worked with the children to manage their negative emotions and thoughts. It is also possible to build on their strengths, something that you will have to be able to use in all areas of life. A child who injures himself will have to learn to:
- Deal with stress.
- Develop skills to control self-destructive thoughts.
- Learn positive relationship skills with others and with oneself.
- Promote assertive communication, conflict resolution, assertiveness, learn to resist peer pressure and learn to handle complicated relationships with others.
- Deal with painful and forceful feelings.
- Replace self-harm with other more positive coping strategies.
Children who self-harm need to be listened to, supported, and understood. They need to talk about their feelings and the changes they want in their life so that they can feel better. You should be the person with whom they feel the most confidence to be able to talk about anything.
It can be helpful to talk and seek support from friends and family because they can help create creative and real solutions to problems. In addition, many children find it easier to talk with people outside the family nucleus.
Also as a father or mother you can try to help your child in the following ways:
- Talking with a professional to guide you in your performances.
- Keep a journal to learn to express your feelings in a positive way and teach your child to do the same.
- Encourage your child to exercise.
- Point your child to activities that he likes to be able to express himself emotionally such as dance or music.
- Learn relaxation and / or meditation techniques together.
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