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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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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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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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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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