Can self harm be considered a coping mechanism?
Last Updated: 09/05/2018 at 12:28am
Trishna Monplaisir, LMSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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In my personal point of view it can. Self harm can make your head clear again, can help you to focus or to calm down.
Yes, but it isn't a healthy one, it's the same as abusing alcohol or drugs. It's only a temporary, and very risky, solution.
Yes, Self harm is a way of handling things...it might not be the best one for reasons such as: 1-taking care of wounds/ posible infections, 2- posibility off it turning into an addiction, 3-negative perception by some/seen as suicidal behavior, and some others I can't remember now. Still its important that you try to not blame yourself or be too hard on yourself for thing, often we are just trying to deal with things the best way we can and self harm at some point seemed like a good option. Yet I do recomend that you try and consider some healthier mechanisms for coping, we are here for you and you can reach out to us whenever you want to help you find alternatives or a way to address the issue that makes you feel the need to self harm.
It is a coping mechanism, but not a good one. While it helps you cope at the time, it is not a long term fix and it is dangerous and addictive. There are thousands of better ways to manage your feelings.
Technically yes, it is. But it is a negative coping mechanism. There are positive and negative coping mechanisms.
Yes, however, it is a destructive coping mechanism, which means that it doesn't solve the conflict. Another constructive coping mechanism would be talking to a listener on 7 Cups of Tea!
It can be, but it shouldn't be. It's not healthy for the obvious reasons of infection and scarring.
Yes, some people consider self harm to be a coping skill. It is not a very healthy coping skill and I believe those that self harm should begin seeking more effective coping skills.
I used to think self harm was a coping mechanism, but it wasn't a good one. I feel like self harm is basically like drinking or doing drugs to cope. We are still inevitably harming our bodies and the problem still lingers in the back of our minds. I think a coping mechanism can be either negative or positive. We just choose which ones we should use.
It is a coping mechanism because you are using self-harm to repress or express an emotion that is difficult to process. But it is a temporary and dangerous way to cope. While other coping activities might seem almost impossible to do during a time of distress (ex: call a friend, paint your nails, go for a walk), give the activities a chance. It can help more than you know.
It is a coping mechanism. However, it is a bad one. Harming yourself helps in the short term, but in the long term it is destructive.
There is always a reason why someone starts self harming - in most cases youc an say it works as a coping mechanism, some people can't deal with, or express stress, anger or other negative feelings and find help in self harm. That's why it's hard for self harmers to stop, there is a reason why they do it and one has to find another way to deal with those feelings.
It can be considered a coping mechanism but personally I feel there are more ways to cope, and it is okay to ask for help if you need help, You are not alone!.
It is often used as a coping mechanism, but by no means is it a healthy or positive one like those that are encouraged by mental health professionals. It is not technically one because it doesn't work or benefit you in the long run.
Yes, self-harm is considered as a coping mechanism, but it is wrong to self harm, there are many other alternatives to cope with stuff without hurting oneself
Yes. Slef harm can be a very unhealthy oping mechanism, however, which is why here at 7 cups we can provide self help guides and techniques that will lead you to better coping mechanisms.
Yes, it is a coping skill, but it is unhealthy. Explore healthier alternatives such as squeezing ice cubes (to provide pain) or writing out your feelings for a release. There many others, and feel free to talk to me if you want to know more!
Yes. Self-harm is a coping mechanism, but a really bad one. No one should have to through that. There are alternative ways of coping, though. Find something that works for you and keeps your mind off things.
In a way, yes. In another way, no. Self harm is done as a distraction. People are afraid to feel the emotions they feel about a particular thing so instead of facing them, they distract themselves with self-harm. Its more of a distraction, rather than a way of coping :)
It can. Often times people who self harm are trying to find a way to deal with things that are happening to them, or attempting to deal with emotions (or even the lack of emotional feeling).
Self harm is definitely a coping mechanism! It's a way of handling painful or negative things that happen in our life, which makes it a coping mechanism. The trouble with self harm is that it's a negative coping mechanism, which means it doesn't make the situation any better. It adds more overall pain and difficulties to your situation. That's why, when you're recovering from self harm, it's so important to not just stop self harming but to also replace self harm with a positive coping mechanism that helps you in the situations that make you want to self harm.
Self-harm for most people is a coping mechanism. A way of dealing with the built up anger, any hate, memories and things out of their control. It's used for a lot of drastic reasons that mostly lead to a coping mechanism. Some people just enjoy pain sometimes.
Self harm is considered a negative coping mechanism, try replacing it with a much more positive way of coping.
Self harm is a coping mechanism, yes. However, it is not a good one. Reason being is that it tends to add a ton of problems to what you are going through, rather then making them dissapear. For example) hiding scars, feeling the pain, guilt from lying about the marks, and many more
Self-harm is should be considered a coping mechanism, most cases of self harm are not suicidal but an attempt to have control over the pain they may feel. However not all self harm is in the persons self control genetic factors can also play a part such as Lesch–Nyhan syndrome in cases such as this it becomes an uncontrollable body function. Self-harm is destructive but it doesn't change the fact that it is a method of coping with emotions distress.
No? Yes and no, dies it help people cope, yes, is it a good coping mechanism and is it reliable, no. Not at all.
Yes, but I don't think it's a healthy coping mechanism. I think there are healthier ways to cope, all you have to do is find them.
Well yes, but it isn't healthy. It's one of the worst coping mechanisms, but I see why people do it.
Yes it is considered a coping mechanism, but not one anyone should consider. It takes alot for someone to want to turn mental pain into physical pain but you have to remember that mental pain will go, but physical scars will not.
Yes self-harm is a coping mechanism although you should not use this yourself as a coping mechanism. There is a difference between mental and physical pain, mental pain can be curable most of the times, but scars aren't.
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