Possible Solutions to Self-Harm

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A large number of people in western society have found self-mutilation as a means to “escape” from the problem’s haunting their everyday life. The act of cutting oneself has been proven to release chemical compounds into the body to momentarily clear the mind of such problems. These compounds, known as endorphins, relieve the body of whatever tension and stress that is undergone in the individual’s life. Harming one’s self is a serious problem that must be assessed and treated in an appropriate manner that will not only stop the act within the individual but also remove the source of such trauma in their life.

The cause of such actions has been known to come in from a large multitude of personal problems. Problems such as an unsuitable household, difficulties within a person’s social background, or even the image they see within themselves. Professor Keith Hawton oversaw a study taken over the amount of adolescents who admitted to inflicting harm upon themselves. His survey took place in forty-one schools involving 6,020 subjects aged fifteen to sixteen. The results were that “398 (6.8%) participants reported an act of deliberate self harm in the past year” (Hawton 2002). According to the results, more females admitted to this act than males. Of those females who were accountable to deliberate self-harm, they confessed the causes being their “friends, self harm by family members, drug misuse, depression, anxiety, impulsivity, and low self esteem” (Hawton 2002). The factors found within the males were drug use, suicidal behavior found within their friends and family, and low self-esteem.

Patricia and Peter Adler discuss the effects that undergone by the individual through the expectations of those around that person. In their writing, “The Glorified Self” the Adlers present how a society creates an image of those within it and the pressure placed upon those people create an inner conflict “between their desire for recognition, flattery,...
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