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Hi, I have a twenty four years old friend. According to mine opinion, he has a serious problem. Couple of months ago he had an accident. Allegedly he fell down the stairs. After that another "accident" happened and, with it, his behavior really changed. Few days ago he was rushed to hospital. He cut his wrists. Since it is obvious that he is hurting himself, I was wondering if you could tell me something about self injuries and the way they are treated.

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Hi, self injury is a serious thing. It is defined as any deliberate action against our own body and it always leaves marks on it. It rates as an addictive behavior. Like other conditions in this group, self injury demands professional help. The most difficult thing about this condition is that, when it turns in the addictive form, the abuser, even though he is aware of the problem, just cannot stop self injuring. That is why a therapist who knows how to deal with this type of behavior is necessary. The therapist can approach a person who is addictive to self injury in different ways. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the mostly used types of treatment. It helps the person recognize the feelings and act in a normal way according to them. Interpersonal and group therapy is also important. Sometimes anti-depressants are prescribed and, in new cases, hospitalization is required. If you want to learn more about your friend’s situation and the ways you could participate in his recovery, you should talk to his doctors and explain your intentions.
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