The American Psychological Association (APA) reports that the lifetime self-harm rate for adults in the United States is around 5% and is most common during a person’s early adult years but it can happen at any point in life. People who have experienced neglect, abuse, or trauma are most at risk.
Signs of Self-Harm
The signs and symptoms of self-harm can come in many different forms depending on age, the specific form of self-harm, and any history of an underlying mental health condition. Many people often go to significant lengths to conceal their injuries. Even still, there are noticeable signs and symptoms of self-harm to look for. These include:
- Routine isolation
- Acting out unpredictably or impulsively
- Keeping sharp objects or lighters nearby
- Impaired motor skills
- Difficulty staying focused
- Scars that may occur in visible patterns
- Broken bones with no explanation of their cause
- Wearing long sleeves or pants in warm weather
- Missing hair
Signs and symptoms of self-harm must be taken seriously. Even if a person’s intentions are not to inflict permanent damage on themselves, that possibility will exist until they receive care from a qualified professional at a self-harm treatment place.
Psychological & Social Impact of Self-Harm
The physical ramifications of self-harm are often known, but there can also be severe social and psychological consequences. Self-harm can be a cycle that’s hard to escape. common for a person who struggles with self-harm to feel shame or guilt, which can lead them back to the same behaviors.
Examples of the social and psychological effects of self-harm include:
- Low self-esteem
- Shame and embarrassment
- Suicidal ideation
- Abuse of alcohol or other substances
- Social isolation
- Relationships damaged beyond repair
- Onset or worsening of additional mental health concerns
- Chronic unemployment
Palm Springs Behavioral Health provides complimentary assessments to identify the symptoms you’re struggling with and determine if our self-harm treatment center is best suited to help you find relief and hope. Contact our admissions team to learn more about how we can help.