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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 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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I'm 15. Before some months, I self harmed, not really deep, but enough to feel pain. I try to remember the exact reasons of why I self harmed, but can't really remember. All I can remember, is that I hated with all my guts myself. Now, I still do hate me but do not self harm. I stopped 2 months before it was time to start wearing short sleeves. I wanted my scars to fade as much as possible. It was easy to stop cutting, though I miss it. I feel bad for my scars. Really bad. I decided to tell my parents and close relatives (if they ask) about my SH but I'll plain lie to others. The scars in my legs are light. And I'm afraid with tanning, they'll get even lighter. I already thought of a lie about these scars. On my hands, the scars are darker (a little bit) and they're less easy to point out but still visible. I thought a lie about them too. I'm ashamed and sad for what I did, and try to find out why exactly did I sh.





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I've cut like 8 time in the past 3 months it hurts really bad to hurt my family but what also hurts is my mom not wanting me i have tons of scars if i counted i would have like a hudred on my thigh and 20 on my arm its not good to keep going I'm not ashamed of any of them tho and i stopped I've been clean for a while now





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Hi im a 46 yr old woman and my body is so scarred I have been selfharming since I was 11 it upsets me becouse a lot of ppl think that young people selfharm nobody seems to think about the older people :(





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I started SH a year ago, I'm 44. So frustrated that all help seems to be aimed at teens. I feel guilty and don't know how to deal with the mess I'm in, I have 2 children and a husband that I've kept it hidden from, so hard

Hello, I'm 16 now and the last time I cut was probably almost 2 years ago and my cuts are still super bad. I tried covering with makeup and I think I'm more depressed now then I was before I starting cutting. Because I know it's a reminder of how far I came but I regret it so much, and I just want them gone. I'm so embarrassed and I can't wear anything I want without being cautious if someone sees them. What can I do? Please help.





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I'm sixteen and schizophrenic, I self-harmed for about two years, I have very severe cuts on my arms, thighs and stomach however I don't feel the need to get rid of them, it's a reminder of how far I've come. T That's okay too.





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I'm know thats exactly how i feel when my counciler asked me about i do still some times

Hi I've been self harming from the age of 8 and I'm now 21 and I'm just fed up with my life now If I didnt have a gorgeous little girl in my life I would of killed myself by now I've had so much crap in my life e.g. bullying, living with my mum, ex boyfriend and so much more I've tried counseling and psychiatric help and now I don't no where to turn I don't have that someone's shoulder to just cry on I only have my cat's please help someone who can understand me





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HELPPP!! IF ANYONE SEES THIS PLEASE HELP! :( Hello I am 15 and I self harmed by cutting into my thighs with a bobbypin I only like tore skin. Not very deep but they turned like a pinkish color and they are flat. I did this about a week or so before january of 2014 and I waited for them to fade and they have but arestill noticeable especially when I shower. So I have had them about two months. I really need them to be gone :( it was a stupid desicion. Please help me.... it would be a miracle :/





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go to www.compactmind.weebly.com they might help they help me.

Hi darling i have done the same thing before and had this issue i used different creams like savlon to reduce the redness at the time and then using things like bio oil can help fade the scars, even just potibg moisturisure on at night can help soften and replenish the skin. Hope you're okay please stay strong i know how tough it is xxx

I have that well... I had them for about 3 weeks its stupid self harm but I use hand cream it works

Hey! I'm in literally the exact same situation here. I've resorted to wearing longer pants as much as possible, and also a concealer can reduce the redness. They will fade over time.... We just have to live with out decisions. Don't be ashamed of them.

I'm 14 and I've been cutting for about 2 years now and I have mild depression. I only cut when I feel worthless and feel like I and a disgrace to the world or somethin really depressing comes up in my life. I have some scars and I really don't care if people see them! That is my personal business and I can care less about what other people think of me. if someone wants to judge u on ur past tell them to back off becuz I bet they can't handle half of the stuff u go through on a daily basis! But I wanted to share my story thing. So yea I've been cutting for Bout 2 years Nd it's not like it's constantly. I have cuts on my now and I have scars. But please if u have depression and self harm I recommend u get help right away because it sucks feeling like u need to die. So pleas estat strong and get help. :)





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try using any moisturiser because it can help you a lot xx stay strong and if it disnt work im sorry it worked for me and I still do it ! be the true beauty even if you feel like the beast

iv ben cutting since i was 12 when my um and dad split because he cheated. no one knows not even my mum. i try to to were short sleeve tops and i stopped all sports i had the option of stopping. however i want to know how i can get make them less visible because soon I'm getting a job and for it i need to were a short sleeve top and swimming costume.





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they eventualy fade on their own but to speed up the process use scar cream bio-oil cocnut oil. i know what its like, but stay stong and try not to do it any more





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