We have a 13 years old daughter that has been scratching
We have a 13 years old daughter that has been scratching or cutting on her arms with sharp objects what do we do
There may be feelings of worthlessness, loneliness, panic, anger, guilt, rejection, self-hatred or confused sexuality. She should need treatment from a mental health professional experienced in self-injury issues. The treatment is psychotherapy & medications. If she injures herself severely or repeatedly, she will need psychiatric hospitalization
You can start by consulting your pediatrician or family doctor who can provide an initial evaluation or a referral to a mental health specialist. Don't yell at your child or make threats or accusations, but do express concern.