The Warning Signs Of Self-Harm Addiction
An eating disorder; whether it be anorexia,
bulimia or compulsive overeating is a control disorder and a form of
self-harming. Typical eating disorder patterns and self-injury patterns carry
· Perfectionist personalities
· History of trauma
· Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
· Family issues
· Feelings of self-loathing
· Low self-worth
Both self-injury and eating disorders are ways
for people to cope with the uncomfortable feelings of anger, shame, sadness,
loneliness and guilt. They are also ways for these individuals to punish
themselves and express self-hatred for their bodies.
For many, self-injury and eating disorders coexist.
For others, self-injury develops as a way to replace an eating disorder. For
example if the person overcomes an eating disorder but doesn’t learn how to
properly cope with emotions, they may seek relief through other ways such as
cutting and self-mutilation.
· Cuts/burns on the wrists, arms,
legs, back, hips, or stomach
· Wearing baggy, loose clothes
· Makes excuses for having cuts, marks
or wounds on the body
· Finding razors, scissors, lighters
or knives in strange places (i.e., a purse, the bathroom.)
· Spending long periods locked in a
bedroom or bathroom
· Isolation and avoiding social
Similar to an individual
being suicidal, self-harm is a cry for help.
People who self-harm may feel that there is no other outlet to express
their emotional pain and cope with distress. People who self-harm don’t do it
to seek attention; they actually do it to escape the struggles of their daily
life. If you know someone who is
engaging in self-injurious behavior reach out to him or her. Let him/her know you care through getting them
the help they need.