Self-cutting is a form of intentional self-injury and self-mutilation, without the intent of suicide. Self-cutting is not a new phenomenon, but it appears to be growing in frequency. While both adults and youth, and both males and females, intentionally cut themselves, cutting is most prevalent among adolescent girls.
Cutting is the most common method of self-injury and is often done repetitively. One study found that nearly 14% reported engaging in self-injury with 59% of those reported to start cutting in 7th or 8th grade.
An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disruption to your everyday diet, such as eating very small amounts of food or extreme overeating. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food, but at some point, the urge to eat less or more spiraled out of control. Extreme concern about body weight or shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Teenagers experience stress every day and can benefit from learning stress management skills. School demands and social relationships are not like anything parents could have ever imagined. Most teens do not have the skills to cope with teen anxiety and these stressors. Unchecked stress can lead to anxiety, depression, aggression, physical illness, and drug and/or alcohol use. It is important to help teens learn to manage stress and to recognize when they have become overwhelmed and need to find help.