Stigma of Self-Injury
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Stigma of Self-Injury
- Life with Bipolar Disorder ... and a Spoonful of Sugar on HealthyPlace Radio
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- Mental Health Experiences
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
Stigma of Self-Injury
"My goodness," writes HealthyPlace Twitter follower, Lana. "I don't think there's anything that carries more mental health stigma than self-injury!"
Now, personally, I don't like ranking mental health disorders or symptoms. I mean is depression worse than living with ADHD? or having agoraphobia better than cuddling up with bipolar disorder? Not if you have ADHD or agoraphobia.
I would say, however, that amongst the general public, in addition to suicide and schizophrenia, there's a great deal of stigma attached to self-injury. Part of self-injury stigma results from the shame surrounding it. Many don't want to share that they're cutting (read "I Cut Myself: The Shame and Secrecy of Self-Harm) or burning themselves or using other methods of self-harm. The second part of that is, generally, people are pretty horified at the thought of somebody engaging in self-injury behaviors.
And maybe this is what Lana was referring to. People may understand (or come to understand) depression, bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder or schizophrenia because it's been explained as a brain illness; something that may result from genetic issues or faulty brain wiring in utero. Inherently, that translates to "it's not the person's fault that they have bipolar disorder or depression. It was the luck of the draw." And while the causes of self-injury may be a by-product or symptom of mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder, it may be a long time before the general public "gets" it.
Related Self-Injury Information
- How Do You Tell Someone You Self-Injure?
- How to Talk to Someone About Self-Injury
- Explaining Self-Harm Scars to Others
- Reactions to Self-Injury Disclosure Important
- Self Injury Stories, Self Harm Stories
- Cutting to Cure
- Self-Injurers and Their Common Personality Traits
- Self-Injury, Self-Harm Information Homepage
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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Bipolar Treatment: What Happens When Your Doctor Gives Up?
- Gaslighting Definition, Techniques and Being Gaslighted
- Simple Self-Esteem Boosters to Improve Your Self-Esteem
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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
Your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Face The Fear And Do It Anyway (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Hope for Understanding of Mental Illness (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- The Day I Tried To Live – A Suicide Survivor Story (The Bipolar Griot Blog)
- PTSD and Decision Making: How To Put Power In Your Process (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- Gaining Self-Respect: You Are Worth It (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Eliminating the Word “Schizophrenic” (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- “It’s Not Fair That I Have a Mental Illness!” (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Suicide and Your Child with Mental Illness (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- When the Therapist Just Doesn’t Understand (More Than Borderline Blog)
- The Unwell-Come Wagon: Gifts For The Newly Diagnosed (Funny in the Head: A Mental Health Humor Blog)
- Smoking: The Other 12-Step Addiction (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Teaching Kids to Cope with Depression (Coping with Depression Blog)
- Abuse: Personality Changes And Authenticity (Verbal Abuse and Relationships Blog)
- Determined to Die? Suicide and Anorexia Nervosa (Surviving ED Blog)
- Adults Self-Injure, Too (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- Preventing Violence with Schizophrenia (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
- Back to School is Up to You (Living with Adult ADHD Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Life with Bipolar Disorder … and a Spoonful of Sugar on HealthyPlace Radio
Our mental health humor blogger, Alistair McHarg, has been dealing with mental illness, bipolar disorder and addictions, for more than 40 years of his life. No pun intended, but it's been one heck of a roller-coaster ride and he talks about it frankly on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show. Take a listen to "Life with Bipolar Disorder".
You can pick up Alistair's memoir, Invisible Driving, on Amazon.
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Staff, H. (2012, September 20). Stigma of Self-Injury, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, March 30 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/stigma-of-self-injury