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Dear friend,I believe that I can help you with this situation.Your daughter shows a symptom of great emotional distress or pain. Some children who have issues with feeling abandoned or neglected, or have been in some way abandoned or neglected or abused, carry around deal of pain that is so great that the pain from cutting themselves actually masks the even greater emotional pain that they are carrying. Thus the cutting actually relieves their greater pain.
Your daughter may also have anger issues, and she may also engage in reckless behaviour, some of which you may not be aware of.
Issues that cause this kind of reaction (cutting, which is more common in girls) is a warning that she needs some help.
An MD may be able to refer her, but MDs are not behaviour health specialists and may just give her a medication and be done with it. This is NOT what she needs, but rather needs to talk to a clinical counsellor or child psychologist - someone with experience or knowledge with emotional trauma.
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Please give me more details of any past issues she might have had that might have traumatised her. Does she anger, is she depressed, does she have a boyfriend, has she engaged in any wild or reckless behaviour, does she overspend, and anything else. Was she ever abused? Does she have a father? Anything else you can think of.
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Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC