At Tucker Pavilion, we are uniquely equipped to treat the underlying causes of self-injurious behavior, and any other conditions that may also be, and commonly are, present. Services include intensive therapy, education, coping skill enhancement, and peer support for all ages.

Approximately 1% of Americans use physical injury, such as cutting, bruising or burning, as a way of dealing with overwhelming feelings or situations.

Approximately 1% of the U.S. population uses physical injury, such as cutting, bruising or burning, as a way of dealing with overwhelming feelings or situations. Studies have suggested that when people who self-injure get emotionally overwhelmed, an act of self-harm brings their levels of psychological and physiological tension and arousal back to a bearable baseline level almost immediately.

Self-injurers commonly report they feel empty inside, over or under stimulated, unable to express their feelings, lonely, not understood by others and fearful of intimate relationships and adult responsibilities. Self-injury is their way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings and is generally not a suicide attempt. However, relief is temporary and a self-destructive cycle often develops without proper treatment.

Warning Signs of Self-Injuring:

  • Unexplained frequent injury including scratches, cuts, or burns
  • Wearing long pants and sleeves in warm weather
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty handling feelings
  • Relationship problems
  • Poor functioning at work, school or home
  • Hoarding of sharp objects such as razors, knives, scissors, etc.
  • Severe mood swings

Risk Factors:

  • Impulsive tendencies
  • Physical or sexual abuse during childhood
  • Broken homes
  • Alcoholic homes
  • Rigid households where expression of emotion is discouraged
  • Emotionally absent loved ones
  • Tendency toward perfectionism
  • Inability to express emotions verbally
  • Dislike for body and self

Self-injury is a coping mechanism that temporarily provides relief. If not properly treated, it will escalate. It's important for someone who self-injures to learn how to combat the thoughts that lead them to believe harming themselves is the only way to deal with emotion and to learn that ALL emotions ebb and fade, even the uncomfortable ones.

Treatment of self-injury requires a strong support system and solid education to assist in breaking the cycle.

If you think you or a loved one may be suffering through self-injury, Tucker Pavilion can help.

Call us at (804) 483-0050.