All Kinds of News for December 07, 2016
What are self-harming behaviors? Britten Lamb, LCSW, Clinical Director of ViewPoint Center explains what self-harming behaviors in adolescents may look like and how ViewPoint Center addresses this issue:
- Self-harm, also known as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), is defined by the American Psychological Association as the direct, deliberate destruction of one's own body tissue in the absence of suicidal intent. NSSI is deliberate in that self-injury is intended by the individual, rather than accidental.
- Most of the adolescents at VPC who have reportedly engaged in self-harm say they use it to try to relieve feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelming negative emotions, and pressure from family, school and friends. However, many also report having “no feelings” at all. They explain that they often feel “numb” and that self-harming helps them to “feel alive”.
- Often, adolescents have said that they knew someone who was doing it or that a friend suggested it to them and so they tried it. They report feeling a temporary release of negative emotion and that they often continued to self-harm to get that relief again.
- Many students report feeling they would engage in self-harm because it became a habit or they were addicted. All of the adolescents at VPC who have reported self-harm have also reported low-feelings of self-worth.
How does ViewPoint Center address self-harming behaviors?
ViewPoint Center uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to teach distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills and mindfulness skills. These skills have been shown to reduce the rates of self-harm and improve self-mastery and competence in individuals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is also used to challenge maladaptive beliefs and to improve self-esteem and self-worth and to help individuals find a life worth living that is free of harmful coping mechanisms.
ViewPoint Center, a licensed mental health hospital for teens ages 12-18, is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. With a program lasting 6-7 weeks, ViewPoint Center provides superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization for struggling teens. Many teens at ViewPoint Center struggle with mental and behavioral issues such as suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. In a safe, personalized environment, ViewPoint helps teens focus on the healing process.