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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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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

I'm wondering how to get rid of self harm scars? They're on my thighs and I don't want anyone to see them and my parents would freak out if they found out. I'm going on a cruise in about two months and I don't want them to see them. I don't have any stores near my house, I'm in the country side and I don't have any time to go into town. I also don't have any vitamin e oil or any of that stuff. I'm clean now but I'm still worried.





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cocnut oil, bio-oil and exfuliate gently lemon juice and the sun helps if they are flat ans wight or pink it they are raised put on sunscrean they can actualy darken them if they are raised scars stay strong love iit get eaiser i promiss

I'm 16 and have been self-harming since I was 14. I started after my friend's dad did something terrible to me. I also have BPD and am depressed a lot of the time. I really want to stop sh but I feel that I can't. In PE, the other girls make insult the cuts and scars that cover my arms, legs, hips, and stomach. The comments they make only make me feel more motivated to sh. I trim d to stop (threw aeay my razors) but the urge was so strong that I broke a glass and cut my thighs sith the shards. I really need to stop, and I don't want my family to know.





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I need help I've carved fat and whale into my leg how to get rid fast I did it last night





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Get help sweetie. Your worth so much more. Make sure you keep it clean and once it has healed get some bio oil. Be strong. There's so many people who care about you and want to help you! Use your anger and upset as motivation go for a walk and admire things it will help you think more positively. Amanda palmer and her band Dresden dolls are really good to help you feel better. Be happy with yourself and your image. I've always been a big girl and yeah losing a few pounds would make me happy but I have no problem with my lumps and bumps... It's who I am. Be happy with yourself write a list of all things good about yourself and right one target. Not a bad thing just a thing to look forward to. Xxx

use lots of nesoborin to heal the cut faster and it will make the scar less visible bio-oil and counut oil works try scar creams and if u are abel to get any stay strong i know its hard it gets better.

I am 18 and I started self harming when I was 12 til 17. I never went dramatically deep but I have a darker pigmentation (I'm Asian) but very noticeable on my left arm. I still wear short sleeves and stuff because you can't really tell unless you're staring at my arm. I also have one deeper scar on my right side. I regret ever harming my self. It's the stupidest thing ever......sad at times to look. I've been on the swim team as well and it's no issue. Just I so wish there were a way to get rid of them. Atleast most of them.





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Bio oil is this stuff you can buy that works really well to fade scars. I had lots of deep cuts on my arm and it literally worked like magic. I suggest you give it a try.

Im 30 yrs old and sh at the age of 11, it does get easier! Ive relapsed many times over the years when i go through traumatic circumstances, you should trust in your family for their support, i never did and unfortunately all my relatives have now passed.the scars never go but they can mentally, with help and professional guidance. If i feel the urge now i use elastic bands on my wrist and ping them gently over the same spot, it helps me take the focus of what i would be emotional about at that specific time,also ice cubes rubbed on the arm until it goes numb for a few seconds. I hope you find the right support as your all so young and dont deserve to suffer this way.





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I'm 14 now. I started cutting at 12. I don't do it often anymore I relapsed last week for the first time in 261 days. But it's okay right? Relapse is a part of recovery. My mum bought me bio oil to get rid of scars and its made them so much less visible it makes me so happy. I've recently ran out but lemon juice is a good treatment for scars. Wish you all a happy day:)





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I'm 13 and I scratch myself. And pinch. I finally quit today but I want to do it again so badly! Does anyone know any tips so I don't get triggered to do it again like do something else? Also how can you get the pinch marks and scratches away? Like overnight? I hope I don't release again.





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There's no way of getting rid of it over night I'm afraid, but you aren't alone. Try and out your energy into important things and things you enjoy. Spend more time with friend and family keep yourself busy don't give yourself time to hurt yourself. Next time your getting the feeling to hurt yourself think about how badly the bruises and scratches looked and how much you regretted it and wanted them gone. There's people who want to help you! Your never alone sweetie.

Hi, I am 19 and I have been cutting since I was about 15. I've always kept to myself and stayed quiet, usually trying to be as happy as I possibly could be back when I turned 15 something particularly Trumatic happened and it set off something that I haven't been able to stop. My mom found out when I was 16, She didn't take it too well and she thought that I had only started to do it to get attention. It's difficult to explaining something that you never talked about before. But when I was 17 something else happened to me and I almost killed myself Via (almost) slicing open a major artery. All I could think of was that I wanted to leave. I would have been gone if my aunt hadn't gone over to pay me a surprise visit. I don't remember what happened that day, but I woke up in the hospital. I missed the artery but I still have a very ugly scar. I haven't been able to kick the habit of self harm whenever I became too stressed. I realize that it's almost like how a person who smokes functions. I definitely have been able to try to control it better and I have been going to see a counselor but I still need to figure out how to conceal the scars because I am sick of wearing long sleeves for feeling ashamed of myself. One day I hope to completely stop cutting





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soo..... im 12 and i have been cutting for 2 years and i love my life and i have a boyfriend and he doesnt know about my self harm should i tell him? i dont wunt to loose him though





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If he loves you he will support you sweetie. Your so young please don't let this control you. Speak to a teacher at school or a pastoral carer. Every ring a help like childline they will help you. Boyfriends are never worth it in the end Hun. Worry about yourself be a strong young woman and make sure you are your own priority. Hope your all okay. Remember you have a lot of life ahead of you... Get help as soon as you can before it gets worse! There's many people who care about you!

if he really likes you he will not like you. Just please dont cut yourself. You have no idea how horrible it is. When you grown up and become self aware. Im telling you from experience. I started cutting at 13, and im 18 now and i have deep open scars on my wrist. i have to wear long sleeve clothes to hide them. You have a whole life ahead of you. Please. Dont worry be happy c:





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