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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 am 14 and I cut my thigh and wrist for about 5 weeks. I know that many people who self harm have done it for years and I don't expect much sympathy. I've got about 16 scars on my thigh, big and small and only four left on my wrist. The ones on my thigh are still pink and so is one on my wrist. I've stopped cutting, but I really, really miss it. If anyone knows a way to make the scars less noticeable please let me know. And for the people reading this who are self harming, I understand how you feel, but life will be better when you stop. Throw away the blades and stop. The faster you stop the quicker the scars will go away. Good luck!





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I am 18 and have been self harming since I was twelve. The last time I cut was yesterday. I have hundreds and hundreds of scars on the underside of my right forearm, and as someone who is trying to become an actress and work in a hands on cosmetics store, this is a huge problem. I don't know how to hide them, I've used creams, oils, make up, but they're still shocking to look at. It can ruin socialising.





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Im 14 and have self harm scars on my left arm. My parents don't know about them nor does the doc. I have recently been to the doctor and he has told me to get some blood test done. The thing is when I gave blood before I had no scars on my arms (a few years ago)and the blood wasn't coming out of my right arm properly and I had to use my left arm, Im worried that the same thing may happen this time and that person taking my blood out will see my scars and tell my parents. I REALLY DONT WANT MY PARENTS TO FIND OUT.





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I was in that very same position a year ago (like seriously, same age and everything.) and they did ask me to switch arm, and the doctor called my mother and told her about it. When I got home it was a lot of crying and screaming (both parts), and almost a year later it is still unconfortable when she ask me how im doing with the self harming. Luckily, I stopped a few months later, because I was affraid what would happen if my mother would catch me doing it. Now, a year later its still akward to talk about, but I've stopped and am now trying to make the scars fade. In conclution, sit down with your parents and tell them, its better than they hearing it from the doc. And please, stop self-harming. I regret it every day because of the scarring.

Please help! I'm 16,I have self harm scars on my upper arm and no one knows about them, I need to get rid of them ASAP without telling anyone. Any ideas?





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Hi, bio oil is really helpful I've used it and it helped reduce my scars in about 7 weeks. Hope all goes well for you :)

I'm so upset with myself for self harming. I'm only 13. It gets really bad that sometimes I think about not stopping at all. I've been wearing long sleeves everyday . Help me.





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Don't be upset, I self harm myself and we all have our own ways to deal with our problems, I would recommend buying bio oil and concealer to cover the wounds once they are healing. I don't encourage people to self injure but if you do make sure that you are using clean things, but go to a therapist or a GP

PLEASE HELP!!!! I have about 427 cutting scars on my thigh all together. I am going to the beach with my friend soon and I don't want her to see. It is becoming too hot for jeans. I hate myself for doing it and am totally embarrassed.They are thin white lines. If you find a way to get rid of them please tell me.





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Girl, having scars is nothing to be ashamed of. You could use DermaE but that'll take atleast 3 1/2 weeks to even show inprovement. Makeup may take away just a little of it, but you're going to the beach so it will look even worse if it's running off of you. What I would do, if they're really your friend and they truly do care about you, you should text them or call them or talk to them before the beach and tell them that " Hey, I have a past, and it wasn't the easiest of them. I hurt myself to dull that pain, and that was the only way I knew how." Scars are a reminder that we once had a past we couldn't handle. THEY ARE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF! you are beautiful! have a great time at the beach!!

I am 13 and I self harm. I have cuts on my thighs that haven't healed completely yet. They are stabbed over. I was being stupid and didn't think that I am going on vacation in 3 weeks. Please help me hide them. No one can know





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To everyone self harming: it took three years for my scars to flatten out and turn from red to peach. I got stitches but scarred horribly. I am now looking into getting a skin graft done as my arm literally resembles a tufted quilt. Scratches take 6 months to heal. Cuts (something deep enough that the tension of the skin makes it pull open take on average a year to three depending on the severity. Silicone and Bio oil don't help it heal faster but if they itch, they REALLY help with that. Be patient with the healing and PLEASE STOP! I know what it's like, but things do get better and the scars are not worth it. If you are going to cut, at least do it somewhere that you won't expose on a summer day anyway. And please, more than anything, get help. And I don't mean just meds, but TALK. Whatever you are stuffing down will one day come up.





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Hi i cut about 2 years and last week I cut my thigh and my mum noticed today but I denied. Please what lie should I tell I can't think something. Tell me ASAP. thanks





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Tell her that it was a cut from when you shaved your legs x

I have 180 cuts on my arms together. 20 on my thighs, about 64 on my right forearm (inside), 21 on my right forearm (inside), 22 on my right outer forearm, 14 on my left outer forearm, and many more on my upper arms. im so disgusted with myself but i cant help it. i do it to feel something. ive been this way for about 3 years.





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