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What other psychological factors influence self-harm?

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Last Updated: 07/02/2018 at 10:04pm
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January 24th, 2015 2:24pm
I think bullying and low self-esteem are main factors for that. Also it could be caused by depression, griefing or something similar.
May 1st, 2015 6:45am
Two very common reasons are as follows: (1) If the person feels numb, they may resort to self-harming in order to make themselves "feel" something, and (2) on the flipside, if a person experiences too many negative feelings (depression being the most common), they may resort to self-harm as a means of releasement.
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May 3rd, 2015 9:06pm
Anxiety, depression, Borderline personality disorder, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, psychosis, depersonalization, mood disorders, personality disorders, body dysphoria, sensory processing disorder ... The list is HUGE (i'm sure there are many more), and, it's possible to self-harm without having a psychiatric disorder. Self harm is a symptom, not a disorder itself, so it can really be related to ANY sort of upsetting emotional state if one find self-injurious behaviors helps them to escape that emotional state. If you feel you may be struggling with a psychiatric illness, it's best to talk to a psychiatrist (who can diagnose you) or a counselor or doctor who can help you find treatment and support.
December 10th, 2015 6:05pm
I think physical punishment as a child can be a influence. As a child, I had the usual "spanking" and hitting for whenever I did something wrong. And at some point in early childhood I recognized this behavior as okay and whenever someone was upset with me, before they could punish me, I would go lock myself in the bathroom and harm myself. Usually banging my head against the wall repeatedly and beating myself senseless. It stopped for a few years but the urge was still there to physically harm myself when I "deserved" it and eventually delved to cutting myself with my nails then knives.
March 27th, 2017 8:29am
As someone who has self-harmed before it is pain. The need to match the unbearable emotional pain with physical pain. Sometimes I have felt stressed to such a point that I have had to divert my focus in order to get things done. I think pain also plays an important role here. Sometimes both anger and guilt, when it comes crashing down, it seems apt to match that also with physical pain.
May 2nd, 2015 10:04am
I am not sure what "other" means in the context of this question. I doubt that there is a simple answer to it but factors which can but need not be significant include a poor sense of self-worth, abuse (all kinds) during childhood/adolescence and a perception that physical pain is easier to deal with than emotional pain. Obviously all of the above is opinion, not value-judgment.
June 3rd, 2015 7:07am
depression, anxiety, pressure, stress, loneliness, diet, exercise, self care, self-esteem, heart break, lack of support, lack of understanding by others, being overwhelmed with all the above...
June 22nd, 2015 12:09am
Feeling lost, feeling depressed, numbness, prolonged sadness, loss of a close friend or family member, anxiety, frequent panic attacks, etc.
July 20th, 2015 4:42am
For me, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and being gay are all interrelated, due to the trauma i sustained at school because of being gay, i am now suffering with depression, anxiety and PTSD. which have played a part in my self destructive behaviour.
February 1st, 2016 7:08am
Selfharm is often pushed by a sense of control. When life is uncontrollable, at least you have that.
February 16th, 2016 10:10am
For myself, periods of anxiety or high stress (over a prolonged period of time) trigger self harming behaviours. Also times when I have rather negative self esteem or am having periods of unhealthy eating habits. One thing I have to work on is self awareness - noticing when I feel this way and building protective factors against it. I like to meditate and take long baths to calm my nerves. Everyone has their way of destressing themselves, you've just got to find something that works for you!
June 27th, 2016 5:38am
Self-harm is predicted by many psychological factors; a history of trauma/abuse, depression, history of suicidal thoughts/actions, bullying, substance abuse/addiction, interpersonal problems, family problems... The predictors of self-harm are many, and widely vary between each individual. If you or someone you know is struggling with self-harm, speak to someone about it. A mental health care provider can help, or even someone here on 7 Cups.
July 2nd, 2018 10:04pm
Some psychological factors like childhood, mental health and traumatic or distressing experiences or situations influence self harm