Misconceptions about self-harm: #4

#4: Self-injury is untreatable.

From the Cornell Research Program on Self-Harm: “Although self-injury can be difficult to control or stop, most people who practice it  are able to stop at some point. There is, however, no “magic bullet”in the treatment of self-injury, as the behavior is most often a symptom of any of a variety of other underlying issues. Cognitive Behavioral therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Group or Family therapy are those therapies most commonly used to treat self-injury.Anti-depressants or other psychiatric medications are also used to treat underlying depression or anxiety. Some who self-injure also successfully stop on their own, without ever seeking formal help. Because it is most often used as a coping mechanism, however, the practice of self-injury typically does not stop until the individual who uses it has other methods to cope and is fully ready to stop self-injuring –regardless of the treatment approach used.”

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***Misconceptions ranked and titled through a survey of friends, family, and classmates. the Cornell program happened to have an answer to one of the misconceptions, and explained it better than I could.

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