Approximately one out of 8 girls engage in self harm currently its more wide spread then it has been in previous decades, Among teenage girls who have mental illness it is more prevalent.
What is cutting?
Intentional harming oneself; often the objective is to alleviate suffering. Examples of self harm include cutting the skin with objects, scratching the skin, picking at wounds so the wound cannot heal, self burn, biting or hitting, self-cutting is the most common.
Why would girls intentionally hurt themselves?
Some reasons include impassivity, distraction from personal pain, negative feelings of control and peer pressure.
What is the risks factor to look for?
Each adolescent girl is different:
Difficulty expressing there feelings
Extreme emotional reaction to minor occurrences (anger or sorrow)
Stressful family events
Loss of boyfriend or girlfriend
Negative body image
Lack of coping skills
Wearing long sleeves during warm weather
Wearing thick wristbands
Unexplained marks on their body
Secretive or elusive behavior
Self harming behavior often begins in middle school, young girls are often introduced through peer groups and media outlets (music, television, internet, etc.)
What should you do?
You can speak with your pediatrician. Seek a professional who specializes in adolescent girls. Parents should have collateral visits with their mental health provider to help their child cope with her feelings.