Self-harming Behavior

Deliberating harming yourself by repetitive cutting or burning yourself is called self-harming behavior. It is usually not done with the intention of committing suicide, but rather to cope with anger, pain, or frustration. Treatment is done with the help of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication.

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How to control my skin pricking habit due to anxiety and depression?

Query: Hello doctor, This is a bit embarrassing. I am afraid of going to the doctor because I am embarrassed and ashamed. I have bad anxiety and social anxiety and depression. I pick at my skin constantly and I do it unknowingly and also when I am aware. I feel like I cannot help but I do it. And I do it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruhi Satija


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am so sorry to hear about your problem, I can understand it must be really difficult for you. Anxiety has to be managed in two ways: 1. Medical management, you will require some medications if the problem is severe. I cannot prescribe them online because it needs co...  Read Full »

How to deal my 13-year-old daughter's aggressive and self-harming behavior??

Query: Hello doctor, My 13 years old daughter is having some aggressive behavior. She often hurts herself cutting her hands with a razor. She also shows indifference towards any advice she gets. She only does what she wants despite talking to her multiple times. Her father had passed away six years ago. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think your daughter is struggling emotionally and is using self-harm as a maladaptive coping mechanism to deal with her difficult situation. You are reporting that her performance at school has deteriorated in the past two to three years, and she is not able to ta...  Read Full »

How to get rid of self-harm scars?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a female. My age is 19 years old. I have self-harm scars on my arm. I want to remove them. I have not done any treatment or not even applied any ointment or oil from 2.5 years and now I want to remove them permanently without any complex surgery.  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Laser ablation sessions will help remove them without any complications. The number of sessions depends on the depth of the scars. So, please send a photo. Revert with more information to an internal medicine physician online -->  Read Full »

How can I overcome my depression and self-harming thoughts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking Welbutrin for the first time and I have questions about the physical and mental side effects. Also, I have depression coupled with suicide and self-harming thoughts. In the past, I have been on Lexapro. I want to inquire if I am improperly diagnosed?  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from depressive features and hence the low self-esteem and self-harming thoughts. I suggest you take Zosert (Sertraline) 50 mg twice daily along with tablet Lonazep (Clonazepam) 0.5 mg at night for a period of two weeks. Consult your specialist doc...  Read Full »

I am afraid of being happy for even half a day. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old girl. In my first year in school, I feel helpless and depressed because I cannot make friends, more specifically they do not like spending time with me because I am serious most of the time. And my way of thinking is different also I cannot focus on studies. I do g...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, you should stop hating yourself and stop blaming yourself for anything. The symptoms like helplessness, worthlessness (hating self), difficulty in making friends, weak confidence, lack of focus, indecisiveness, etc., are occurring most likely due to som...  Read Full »

I find myself acting negatively to get attention from people. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I become attached to people more easily, and I crave attention from the people I do connect to. I find myself wanting to act out negatively to get this attention from them, such as by starving myself, so they notice I have lost weight, or by self-harming in prominent places instead of hid...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from an eating disorder associated with depressive features as well. You require antidepressants to combat this maladaptive behavior. Self-harming behavior can at times prove to be fatal. Hence, indulgence in such behavior is risky and will neve...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for feeling sad and depressed all the time.

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 21 year old male. I feel quite sad and depressed. I do not even want to perform daily routine. My life is monotonous. I get a lot of negative thoughts. I am so lazy and feel like I do not want to live. I am weak and I lack concentration. I do not feel like going out of my house....  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Symptoms that are commonly present in a depressed patient are: Sad mood. Disturbance of sleep. Disturbance of appetite. Feeling of inappropriate guilt. Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities. Loss of self-esteem. Hopelessness or worthlessness. L...  Read Full »

How to overcome my self-harming behaviour?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from self-harming behavior. Whenever I feel emotional, I am doing it without my knowledge. It happens all the time. I am very scared to go and meet a doctor, so I diced to come here. I am just confused. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Psychiatrist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Certain things that will help you are instead of self-harm express your emotions through painting or writing down. Practice relaxation techniques like breathing exercise and yoga. Whenever you feel like harming yourself, please take a hot shower or listen to music. Eve...  Read Full »

I am harming myself frequently. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had the following problems for quite a few years. I was all right at first, but lately, it has been getting worse. Moderate to severe depression almost all the time such that feeling happy is an escape and a treat. I harm myself when feelings go out of control. I hit or bang my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from depressive symptoms. The episodes of self-harming behavior may be the consequence of your low frustration tolerance. You tend to avoid intimate relationships because you have a low self-esteem. All these boil down to an underlying depressive ...  Read Full »

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