Frequent Self-injury When Feeling Depressed?
Good night. has the doctor ever encountered self-injury. because I feel that way every time I feel depressed. please guide me as I get depressed the more I want to hurt myself. please enlighten
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Basically self-injury or tendency to hurt yourself is not a disease or a mental disorder, but rather a mechanism of self-adjustment or self-defense against emotional stress (coping) that is not too good and dangerous. People who have self defense mechanisms like this will feel their emotional stress temporarily reduced after taking certain actions to hurt themselves. Self-injury is more often found in adolescents, especially adolescents who feel unhappy (such as having problems in the family, being sued or demanding themselves too high), or adolescents who have severe trauma in childhood (for example having experienced physical violence, violence sexual, psychological violence).
You should try to consult your problem with a psychologist or psychiatrist. A psychologist or psychiatrist will help you find the source of your problem that makes you have a tendency to hurt yourself like now and try to improve your coping mechanism toward coping mechanisms that are more mature and healthier.
For now, try to reduce the mental stress or emotional stress that you experience, for example if the pressure comes from school or from your work, you should leave yourself temporarily off. Try to take time to vacation and do activities that you like. Take your time every day to do activities that can make you more relaxed, for example doing deep breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation.
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