Most teenagers who self-harm are able to give up this behaviour as they learn to manage feelings in healthier ways. Your GP can refer you to a specialist to help, such as a counsellor or psychologist.
Source: NHS Choices
- Counselling @ TheSite.org
Excerpt: It can offer a supportive and caring relationship in which you can explore any issue at your own pace. You are accepted for who you are. It can help you see difficulties more objectively. It can help you express your feelings and come to terms with new or past experiences. It can improve communication. It can help you take control of your life and become more assertive. It can help you to become more realistic in setting goals.
- Understanding self harm @ Mind
Excerpt: Your GP may offer you a number of treatment choices, including various forms of counselling or therapy. One option might be cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), which is a practical treatment that involves looking at what happens just before you self-harm, encouraging you to keep a diary of self-harming episodes and finding other channels for your feelings. CBT does not usually explore, in depth, the underlying causes of self-harming (see Making sense of cognitive behaviour therapy).