Teenage anxiety and self harming

Teenage anxiety and self harming

All teenagers go through psychological and emotional changes, research show’s there is corresponding structural development taking place in these years. This in its self can lead to anxiety and self harming. Understanding these natural developments that occur in the teenage’s and their effect on behaviour. Learning about hormone’s, sleep patterns, emotional reactivity, memory, attention span, motivation and self confidence helps the teenager. Resulting in helping parents understand why their teenager is behaving in that way, thus reducing family stress all round.

The difference between suicide and deliberate self-harm

More about the difference between suicide and deliberate self-harm is not as clear as we would like it to be. Deliberate self-harm can be common pre-cursor to suicide and children and young people who deliberately self-harm may kill themselves by accident. Although completed suicide is a rare occurrence, episodes of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are not. Early intervention can help to address underlying problems that can lead to such behaviour. Many people who self-harm do not come to the attention of health services and when they do, many do not return or cannot be followed up. As the risk of suicide is considerably higher among people who have self-harmed it is crucial that practitioners are best equipped to give the most helpful initial response in such circumstances.

A sign of emotional distress

Self harming is always a sign of emotional distress and poorly developed coping skills. Whilst it is ultimately damaging and may be dangerous, for many people it provides a method for coping with life. Taking away a person’s means of self-harm can increase the emotional distress and make the situation worse unless professionally dealt with.

Definitions of Self-Harm and Suicide

• Self harm is self –harm without suicidal intent, resulting in non-fatal injury.

• Attempted suicide is self-harm with intent to take like, resulting in non-fatal injury.

• Suicide is self-harm resulting in death Mental Health Foundation 2003.

About 1 in 15 young people in Britain have harmed themselves. This probably means that there are probably two people in every secondary school classroom who have done it at some time. Most young people who harm themselves are between 11 and 25 years. Even though on average can start at around 12 years of age, some children as young as 7 have been known to do it. There are no typical groups of people who self-harm, but about four times as many girls as boys do it. When boys do self harm they may hit themselves or break their own bones to make it look as if they have been involved in a fight or been attacked.

The groups of children and young people who may be more vulnerable to self- harm can include

  • Young people in residential settings such as the armed services,prison, sheltered housing, hostels and boarding school.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.
  •  Young Asian women (one study found that the suicide rate in women aged 16–24 years was three times higher in women of Asian origin than in white British women).
  • Those with learning disabilities.
  • People with existing mental health problems.
  • Young people with substance misuse problems.
  • Vulnerable young people who miss appointments and go off the radar.

There are many types of self-harm but these can include

  • Cutting.
  • Burning.
  • Scalding.
  • Banging head and other body parts against walls.
  • Hair-pulling.
  • Biting.
  • Swallowing things that are not edible.
  • Inserting objects into the body.
  • Self-poisoning.
  • Scratching, picking or tearing at skin causing sores and scarring.

Our Teenage Programme

At Wise Blue Owl Therapy we can help them with effective methods to quickly reduce anxiety, panic attacks and self harming. Using a combination of counselling, NLP and clinical hypnotherapy is a powerful way to boost their confidence and results throughout their lives. Additionally we also provide sessions for teenagers experiencing phobias, eating disorders, addictions, sleep problems, bullying, exam nerves, loss of self confidence and relationship problems.


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