Over the years, I’ve seen a tremendous increase in self-harming behaviors among my teen girl clients. I’m not the only one. School counselors, therapists, coaches, teachers and parents across the nation note a significant increase in self-cutting.
While reckless behavior is well know to parents of teens, intentional, ritualistic, self-injury tends to be a mindblower. Why are young women slicing into their bodies to make themselves bleed?
Because this topic is of interest to more and more people, I’m writing a 2-part blog about it for Psychology Today.
In part one, Stressed Out Teen Girls: Cutting to Cope, you’ll hear Molly’s story.