Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm refers to the intentional act of causing physical harm to oneself. It is a maladaptive coping mechanism used to deal with emotional pain, numbness, or distress. It can involve behaviors such as cutting, burning, scratching, hitting oneself, or other methods causing injury to oneself. Self-harm could also be a sign of an underlying mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or borderline personality disorder.