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Jamie Natour Research Paper on Adolescent Self-Harm Is cutting with razors the same as a paper cut, if it's not intentional to yourself? Is hanging yourself the same as trying to make a bungee cord in your room except you get caught in the wrong end and can't escape? What about burning yourself to flames...is it the same as trying to let a candle except the candle accidentally got knocked off and caught the house on fire? Why should we even care about this if it was an accident? Shouldn’t they have been more careful? What if someone was telling you a story about their "friend" except they were referring to themselves and they were hoping for advice and trying to reach out for help except you never read between the lines and they never made it to the next week. Why should we even give any attention to this sickness, if everyone refers it to a mental illness? Shouldn't we give them help and attention so they can get help and not take their life as well as someone else's as well. If you were to be given a simple question, what is self harm what would you say? Do you know what it actually is or is it they got a scrap on their knee. Well, after reading multiple articles from Hays, C., & Meldrum, R (2010), Taylor, L. M., Oldershaw, A., Richards, C., Davidson, K., Schmidt, U., & Simic, M. (2011) and Muehlenkamp, J.J., Walsh, B. W., & McDade, I have realized that self harm is one of the most deadly deaths in the United States and many people don’t do it for attention or wanting to die. So why do they hurt themselves and cut themselves if they don’t want to die, especially knowing 2 to about 3 million Americans harm themselves each year a variety of ways. According to Morgan (1979), the 1960’s and 1970’s presented an up trend in self-harm, mostly in adolescent females. Over the decades, this up trend Morgan described has maintained a steady incline. This steady incline raises the question: how are adolescent females discovering this coping mechanism? According to Adler and Adler (2011) it seems that the news of self-harm travels by word of mouth in friend circles, as well as popular and social media. This source also states that these social interactions have helped establish a means for coping to evolve into a form of self-expression and even competition. Via forums, cafeteria conversations, and fiction, participants are granted the choice to remain anonymous or perhaps stand center stage with their habits (Adler & Adler 2011). These mostly unregulated venues pose a second question for those in the counseling profession. Counselors should ask themselves if it is possible that self-harm is developing into another form of self-expression while still acting as a release for the individual committing the act. Craigen and Foster (2012) are careful to acknowledge how similar the act of self-harm is to socially acceptable forms of body modification such as ear piercing, tattoos and eyebrow tweezing. What these practices have in common is that they provide a desirable end through tolerance of a painful means. Craigen and Foster acknowledge the differences between each practice. However, they suggest that perhaps individuals with extreme amounts of body
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