Cutting and Self-Harm: Warning Signs and Treatment
Parents should watch for symptoms and encourage kids to get help.
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Parents can help by providing emotional support, helping identify early
warning signs, helping kids distract themselves, lowering the child's stress
level, and providing supervision at critical times, Rosen says. "But a parent
can't do it for them. It takes a certain level of resource to be able to stop
cutting, and many kids don't have those resources. They need to stay in therapy
until they get to that point."
Self-harm is not a problem that kids simply outgrow, Rosen adds. "Kids who
develop this behavior have fewer resources for dealing with stress, fewer
coping mechanisms. As they develop better ways of coping, as they get better at
self-monitoring, it's easier to eventually give up this behavior. But it's much
more complicated than something they will outgrow."