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We have a 13 years old daughter that has been scratching

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We have a 13 years old daughter that has been scratching or cutting on her arms with sharp objects what do we do

Someone please respond
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Since this is new behavior is there something we should or can do while waiting to get councilling
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Need to speak with mental health professional asap
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

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.