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Trouble With Teens

Self Harm Scars

The first case that the doctor’s see this week is 18-year old Kayley who suffered from depression and is covered in the scars that resulted from her self-harming. One scar in particular is very big and Dr Christian sends her to a surgeon to see if they can remove the scar tissue. Having received counselling, Kayley is on the mend, but it is estimated that 1 in 15 teens might be self-harming. Having removed the scar, Kayley returns to see Dr Christian with a noticeable improvement. She’s also been to a camouflage make-up artist who has been able to recommend a set of make-up that will help her cover up her scars.

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I started cutting because of mij antidepressive medication. The medication was prescribed to me because i had headaches like crazy. The medication helped against the headache, however it screwed me up mentally. I have manic depression but i was doing fine with that, i never had the slightest urge to cut myself, but now thanks to the medication i have become a cutter and my depression is worse than ever.





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I am 15 and I've self-harmed since I was 12 because of insecurities with my body. When i self harm I cut lightly on my arms so people don't get suspicious I can say they are from my cats, but I cut fairly deep on my hips because nobody see's them I have a big scar on my thigh so I tend to go in another room to get changed after PE. I was wondering what I should do about it because three years is a long time and I'm utterly terrified to tell anyone because I can't face confrontation about it. My mum has seen my thigh one before but I just told her it was because I was struggling in school and she believed me, I still cut now and I need help to stop but I don't know how to do it without anyone finding out





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you shouldn't have to go through this sh alone you should tell your mum I'm sure she will understand. I've been sh since I was 12, I'm 13 now and I've told my mum and she has understood me

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I'm 11 and have been cutting for about a month and a half l. I have 6 butterflies on my arm. My cuts were almost faded but today I cut more than I ever have before. I cut "help" into my leg. I don't bleed that much but I want to. I've been telling myself I'm not suicidal but lately when I go to sleep im hoping so hard I won't wake up. If I can't sleep I tell myself to sleep because maybe I'll get lucky and I wont wake up. I just wanted to share my story. Maybe this time when I quit I won't relapse. : )





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I feel really bad now because I told a friend I cut and she told me she has thought about cutting before and then a couple weeks later she told me she started cutting herself.............................. Shes a really awesome person too. Shes really helping me get through this. The next week she missed school one day and I was SO scared I thought she might've killed herself

I'm 14 and started scratching myself in the summer of last year until around November, when I actually began to cut myself. My arms and legs were constantly covered in scars and cuts until March when I started to wean off of it, but I relapsed badly every seven days or so. I went about four months without harming myself, but relapsed last month and had to start over. While most of my white scars have faded, I'm left with some smaller, white raised scars on my upper thigh near my hip and one larger, pink one that refuses to fade, as well as some white ones on my upper thigh. All I can say is that my mistake was not getting help before it got too bad, and I'm terrified that I'll relapse once I can go without wearing shorts anymore :(





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I am 28 and i have not self harmed for 6 years, I still have very noticeable raised scars on both arms, thighs and legs. Can I get these removed on the NHS? If not, how can I go about setting them removed at a private clinic? What would an estimate cost of private treatment be?





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I am the parent of a cutter. My daughter's legs and arms are a patchwork of scars. Like many of you, she will not have them removed. To a degree, I understand your point and hers, and yes, people who are upset with the sight of them you can call shallow. But, on the other hand, they just might be upset by the sight of self harm. When I first saw another girl with scars I was very taken aback. I had a visceral reaction. What many of you do not understand is many wonderful people who just happen to be upset at the sight of such scars are the norm. Mental illness is difficult to deal with, and having a son or daughter date someone with scars is very difficult. Like all parents, they (and I) worry if the past behavior will return. The scars are a constant reminder of how very close to the edge we live. My daughter says that once she is certain the behavior will not return, she will have them removed. So far, the medical estimate is about $12,000 to take care of only the worst scars. Insurance will not help at all.





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Hi, i have just read your comment and feel concerned for you and your daughter. I never post anything on the net but wanted to let you know about something I'm trying. I'm 30 and mostly feel fine about my scars, but recently have been thinking about trying to remove them. They're pretty embarrassing now. After a lot of research I am awaiting delivery of my dermastamp and numbing cream. I think you should look into it, it might take a few days of work but probably cost about £50! That's a big saving! It induces natural healing by traumatising the area. When my dad saw my arms he flipped out and started screaming in my face. Not a good reaction. My mother really cared for me, tried to understand and was of course very upset and worried, I stopped as I didn't want to hurt her any more! So perhaps piling on the guilt might work?! Well, I hope that helps, wishing you both the best.

I'm 16 and have self harmed since I was 14, I have cut my legs, stomach but mainly my wrists. I hate when the scars disappear because even though I want to move on from the pain in my life. I still want the reminder of how strong I am and that I still haven't gave up. All the time people have hurt me or ive wanted to die, I've used that and got through it. My stomach and leg cuts disappeared. You can only see my arm once briefly. I would like a way to keep the scars because every time they disappear I cut more so I get more scars and so on. If anyone has any ideas of how I could keep the scars so I don't have the urge to cut as much id be very grateful. X





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You can get white-ink tattoos, they look a lot like scars from white I've seen.

So how do you move on? How do you respond to people's questioning stares or your own painful reminder everytime you see the scars?





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I self harm on my hip and I have a huge raised and itchy scar. How can I make this get smaller? I'm currently on the butterfly project so I'm trying to quit cutting. I hate my scars. Hate hate hate hate them.





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I have also been a self harmer in the past and my scars aren't super noticeable except for in the summer (because getting a tan makes them darker). I have been looking into ways to make them fade and so far what I have found that the product that has been successful by the most places I've researched is Bio oil. I am planning on trying it soon (when it comes in the mail), but I would try it because reviews have been super good for it. Don't give up and hate your body friend!! They can most certainly be faded.





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