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What are the Signs of Self Harm in Teens?

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What are the Signs of Self Harm in Teens?

As a parent of a teenager, it can be challenging to know what to look for regarding self-harm. However, there are some signs to look out for. If you notice your teen is exhibiting any of the following signs, it may be time to seek professional help.

Red Oak Recovery® is a great place to start if your teen is self-harming. We offer an adolescent treatment program that is specifically designed to address the unique needs of the age range. If you are concerned that your teen may be self-harming, please reach out to us at 866.457.7590. We can provide you with the resources and support you need to help your teen get on the path to recovery.

What Is Self-Harm?

Self-harm is any deliberate, self-inflicted injury, such as cutting, burning, or hitting oneself. It is most common in adolescents and young adults. There are several characteristics of self-harm:

  • It’s a way for teens to cope with difficult emotions or situations.
  • It can be a way to relieve the pain of suicidal thoughts.
  • Self-harm is not typically a suicide attempt.
  • For many people who self-harm, the act itself is more important than the injury itself.
  • The act of self-harm can provide a sense of relief, even if only for a short time.
  • Self-harm can become addictive and can lead to more serious injuries.

Signs of Self-Harm in Teens

Self-harm is a serious issue that can have a profound impact on a teen’s life. It can lead to physical injuries, as well as emotional distress. If left untreated, self-harm can become a chronic problem that is difficult to overcome. It is a difficult topic to talk about, but it’s important to be aware of the signs so you can help your teen if they are struggling. As a parent, you are in a unique position to notice changes in your teen’s behavior.

It can be challenging to know what to look for when it comes to the signs of self-harm in teens. Teens can be good at hiding their feelings and masking their emotions. However, there are some warning signs that you can look for:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Uneven or poorly healing cuts or scratches
  • Bruises or other injuries that don’t have a clear explanation
  • Keeping sharp objects in their room or hiding them in their clothes
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • Wearing long sleeves or pants in warm weather
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Withdrawing from activities they used to enjoy
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Loss of interest in personal appearance
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Talking about feeling numb or empty

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to talk to your teen about what’s going on. They may be reluctant to talk at first, but it’s important to let them know that you are there for them and that you want to help.

Get Treatment for Self-Harm at Red Oak Recovery®

If you are concerned that your teen is self-harming, the best thing you can do is get them help.  Red Oak Recovery® offers an adolescent treatment program that is specifically designed to address the unique needs of teenagers. We provide teens with the tools they need to overcome self-harm. We also offer a family program, which can help you support your teen through their recovery.

With the right support, your teen can recover and live a healthy, happy life. Red Oak Recovery®

is here to help. Visit our website or call us today at 866.457.7590 to learn more about our programs and how we can help your family.