Jaslyn Singh: Better ways to cope than self-injury

Moms and dads seem to feel pinned against a wall when dealing with a loved one’s self-injury. It’s really tough to deal with this behavior.

It’s important to understand that cutting/self-injury is not necessarily an attempt at suicide. It’s more like a cry for help; or a need to see a scar because it tells a story of pain; or it’s a way to deal with emotional pain.

If you focus on the physical pain, then it’s easier to deal with the emotional pain because the physical pain numbs you out.

Are you with me? The issue can be confusing.

It’s important to get help and support to understand it. Once you have mastered what it all means, then you can come up with ways to build your support system for your loved one.

If you or someone you know is self injuring, here is some advice:

1. Make an appointment with your therapist.

2. Log your impulse and the times it takes place.

3. Understand triggers.

4. And make sure you pinpoint your thoughts and feelings. You can’t neglect this.

If you need more information, contact me. And good luck. Self-harm is a coping mechanism. And lucky for you, there are better ways to cope.

Contact Jaslyn Singh, licensed clinical professional counselor in Naperville, at 630-913-0080 or visit www.jaslynsingh.com.