Self-Harm / Suicidal Ideation

Self Harm Suicidal Ideation

Self Harm

Sometimes when people experience intense emotional pain or feel numb they tend to look for an external release, a reason to punish oneself, or to feel pain physically. Self-harm does not always mean that a person is wanting to end their life, it is used as a form of release. It is considered a behavioral addiction because once someone begins self harming and receives a rush of dopamine from it, their brain rewires itself to crave that pain. Self-harm can present itself in many different ways such as cutting, burning, scratching, pulling hair, skin picking, piercing the skin, hitting oneself, or starvation.

Different Symptoms of Self-Harm

  • Scars
  • Fresh injuries such as cuts, burns, bruises, or scratches
  • Having sharp objects in possession or hidden
  • Wearing extra clothing to cover up injuries
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Questioning self identity
  • Instability, impulsivity, and unpredictability 
  • Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, or worthlessness

Reference: Crisis Text Line

Suicidal Ideation

“More than 700,000 people die by suicide each year. A prior suicide attempt is the most important risk factor in reoccurring suicide attempts to ultimately committing suicide. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death in adolescents.”

World Health Organization

Suicide is a scary topic to talk about especially for someone experiencing thoughts of ending their life. There is no singular cause for suicide. Suicide typically occurs when there are life stressors or health conditions that creates a feeling of hopelessness. Many mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorders can increase the risk of suicide.

Reference: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Symptoms of Suicidal Ideation

  • Expressing killing themselves
  • Expressing having no reason to live
  • Feeling like a burden
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feeling of being trapped
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to end their lives
  • Withdrawing from activities and people
  • Excessive sleep or lack of sleep
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Giving away possessions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest or lack of motivation
  • Irritability or anger

Reference: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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