Other forms of self-injury include excessive scratching to the point of drawing blood, punching self or objects, infecting oneself, inserting objects into body openings, drinking something harmful like bleach or detergent , and breaking bones purposefully. People who self-injure commonly report they feel empty inside, over or under stimulated, unable to express their feelings, lonely, not understood by others and fearful of intimate relationships and adult responsibilities. Self-injury is their way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings, and is generally not a suicide attempt. But relief is temporary, and a self-destructive cycle often develops without proper treatment. A lot of people who cut themselves also have an eating disorder. People who self-injure may attempt to conceal their marks, such as bruises, scabs or scars with clothing, and you may notice them wearing inappropriate clothing like long sleeves and pants in hot weather.
The number of children and young people self-harming has risen dramatically in the past 10 years, new NHS figures obtained by the Guardian show. The sharp upward trend in unders being admitted to hospital after poisoning, cutting or hanging themselves is more pronounced among girls, though there have been major rises among boys too. Experts say the rise is shocking confirmation that more young people are experiencing serious psychological distress because they are under unprecedented social pressures. The numbers of boys ingesting a poisonous substance have stayed almost unchanged; 2, did so in and 2, did so in Similarly, the numbers of boys who hanged themselves also doubled from 47 to 95 over the same period, the figures show. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, severely criticised NHS care of troubled young people last week.
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