Below are some reasons that a self-injury specialist named Lindsay has identified as to why teens self-injure.

  • You are ashamed, guilty, or afraid.
  • Fear of rejection or loneliness; after an argument with your parents about dating or friends, you may feel the fear of being alone.
  • You simply don’t have the words to express your feeling of rejection, upset, anger, frustration, loneliness, or hurt.  You don’t know what else to do to communicate these feelings.
  • Self-injurers are usually very intelligent and hypersensitive to the world around them; usually, they will take words from others more seriously and take them to heart. This is a way of coping with those feelings.

There are ways to deal with your problems which are safer and healthier than self injury. If you want to stop cutting, check out our article “I want to stop cutting” for some suggestions. Remember, you are important and your life counts. You don’t need to hurt yourself in order to gain control. You are worth so much.

Also visit our friends at the site www.sioutreach.org where you will find helpful coping tips and more resources.

You can make a difference in this world. If you ever need to talk about this or anything else, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here for you.