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Thomas Theodosiou

Clinical Neuropsychologist & Clinical Therapist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
12+ years: Experience
200+ Happy Clients
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psychological Assessments
Michel Alhaddad

Clinical Psychologist & CBT therapist

speaks:
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
5+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
Enas Mashal

Clinical Psychologist

speaks:
  • Arabic
  • English
21+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
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Chryssa Charizani

Counselling Psychologist & And Life Coach

speaks:
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  • Greek
6+ years: Experience
50+ Happy Clients
  • Counselling Psychologist
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  • Occupational Therapist
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Denisse Revés

Psychologist

speaks:
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13+ years: Experience
100+ Happy Clients
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Child Psychology
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Fawad Shah

ACT Practitioner & CBT Practitioner

speaks:
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  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
13+ years: Experience
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Family Constellation Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Solution-oriented Brief Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Anna Paralousi

Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

speaks:
  • Greek
  • English
11+ years: Experience
300+ Happy Clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Family Constellation Therapy
  • Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
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  • Systemic Therapy
Imerald Amandy

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

speaks:
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  • Filipino
10+ years: Experience
  • CBT Practitioner
  • Clinical Psychologist
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  • Life Coach
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
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Siva Rajan

Counselling Psychotherapist & Life Coach

speaks:
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  • Tamil
  • Malayalam
12+ years: Experience
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
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  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered Therapy
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  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Solution-oriented Brief Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Transpersonal Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
Catia Pereira

Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Therapist

speaks:
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  • Spanish
5+ years: Experience
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Motivational Interviewing
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  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Solution-oriented Brief Therapy
  • Time Line Therapy
  • Transpersonal Therapy
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Self-Harm mental disorder patients need to connect with families who can support them and never make them feel alone. While doing communicating with the person you can trust will make you realize that your life is important to your family and that they need you to live a happy life. Getting a counsellor's help will help you recognize your actual meaning in life and provide the tools to decrease your self-injury behaviour's intensity.

Self-Harm behaviour can be triggered when you can't cope with feelings like sadness, self-loathing, emptiness and guilt. When people can't express their feelings in words, they use the self-harm option to release their sadness and regret. Distracting from negative emotions and grief will improve your self-harm behaviour and make you realize that your healthy life is a gift from God and that you must take of yourself.

Recovering from self-harm behaviour can be possible, but you need the right support. You need to understand your emotion and accept the guilt, and it doesn't make any change by harming yourself. Recovering might be easier with the help of an experienced self-harm counsellor that makes your life easier to understand and heal your illness and grief.

What is Self-Harm?

Self-harm refers to inflicting pain on yourself to relieve emotional despair. It helps the individual to divert their attention and feel in control. Past experiences and feelings can lead to engaging in self-harm activities. People may have a sense of control for a short span, but it can lead to complications and affect overall health.

What Are The Different Types of Self-Harm Activities?

The types of self-harm that can endanger the individual and people around them are:

Piercing Skin

People who feel they are losing control of their life engage in self-harming activities such as burning, biting, and piercing the skin using unhygienic and sharp objects.

Scratching and Biting

Most people who have a sense of inadequacy scratch and bite their skin. It allows them to feel in control. However, emotional instability leading to self-harm can affect health and overall functioning.

Substance Abuse

Consuming illicit drugs and alcohol helps the person forget about emotional pain. The temporary relief causes the person to repeat the behavior. Substance abuse can affect mental and physical health and deteriorate the quality of life.

Engaging in Excessive Physical Exerting Activities

The person exercises to a point where they can suffer from an injury. The person may collapse during the session, which can lead to a fatal injury.

Banging Body Against Walls

The person purposely gets into physical fights and bangs the body with the wall, which can lead to a life-threatening injury.

Engaging in Unsafe Sex

People who engage in unprotective sex with multiple partners are at a higher risk of suffering from infections and related complications. Therefore, people with emotional instability want to engage in unprotected sex for physical pain.

Why Do People Self-Harm?

The common causes that lead an individual to engage in self-harming activities are:

Feel in Control

Individuals who have lived with emotional distress suffer from multiple mental health problems. They feel they cannot control anything in life. Self-harm helps them feel in control of their body.

Reaction to Intrusive Thoughts

People with a lack of emotional support may have intrusive thoughts that affect their behavior. Hence, they engage in self-harming activities.

Coping Mechanism

Emotional distress and lack of support can lead to self-harm. The person purposely harms themselves as it helps them divert their attention.

The common causes that lead an individual to engage in self-harming activities are:

Work Pressure

People with family and work-related pressure are at a higher risk of engaging in self-harming activities.

Financial Instability

People with family responsibilities and financial instability suffer from loss of control, emotional distress, and low self-esteem, which leads to self-harm.

Other Mental Health Problems

People with depression and PTSD are more likely to self-harm as a coping mechanism for emotional distress.

Abuse and Harassment

People with childhood sexual abuse and harassment may struggle to cope with emotional Lack of support leads to self-harming activities, which affects health and overall functioning.

What is the Correlation Between Suicide & Self-harm?

The correlation between suicide vs self-harm is that most people who purposely hurt themselves physically are at a higher risk of having suicidal tendencies. However, some people only engage in self-harming activities to cope with emotional stress.

Who Can Help?

According to The National News, the specialists are concerned about Self-harm in UAE, as there has been a 42% increase in activities over the past ten years.

Emotional distress due to peer pressure and other reasons can lead to self-harm, which is an unhealthy way of coping with problems. People around the globe recognize march as a self-harm awareness month to enable individuals to recognize the problems, understand the causes and seek help. Individuals exhibiting signs of self-harm must seek professional help to avoid complications. Fitcy Health helps connect with a competent and reliable specialist for guidance regarding an effective treatment plan. Also, people who struggle with self-harm relapse must talk to a psychologist to prevent further complications.

How to Heal from Self-Harm Scars?

People with fresh self-harm scars must cover them to prevent infection and related complications. The ways that have been proven effective in treating self-harming scars are:

  • Use a bandage to cover the scars.
  • Use Henna Tattoos to cover the scars, in a social gathering
  • Use ice to relieve pain.
  • Seek professional help for immediate medical attention and prevent further complications.

Is Trichotillomania Self Harm?

Trichotillomania is a mental health condition in which the individual has an irrational urge to pull out the hair from the body. Self-ham anxiety can trigger trichotillomania. However, it is not categorized as a self-harming condition. The person suffers from impulse control which triggers anxiety.

Is Self-Harm a Maladaptive Behavior?

Maladaptive behaviors interfere with the ability to function adequately in everyday life. Self-harm on hands can affect the overall functioning of the individuals. In severe cases, self-harm addiction can affect physical and mental health leading to multiple complications.

What are the Treatment Options for an Individual Engaging in Self-Harming Activities?

Individuals and caregivers who notice that a close family member is exhibiting signs of self-harm due to emotional distress must encourage them to seek professional help. Fitcy Health connects the person with a trained psychologist who can help with psychological assessment and treatment. The effective treatment options include:

Talk Therapy

The psychologist utilizes different approaches to communicate with the client. Counseling enables the client to understand the root cause of emotional instability and distress. Awareness about themselves permits the person to make a rational decision to promote well-being, functioning, and overall health.

CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy enables the person to understand their feelings and the irrational ways they react to the situation. It allows the person to change their point of view. CBT aims to change negative feelings into positive ones to behave rationally.

Medications

Individuals with mental health conditions are at a higher risk of self-harm. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the cause of the condition. However, the person must visit a general physician or psychiatrist before taking medications.

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