Posted in Mental Health, Teenagers

I have a daughter that's been cutting herself any thoughts on how to approach this

  • Sarah
    Apr 06, 2018

    She's 14 and gets bullied at school also found sleeping pills in her room 😯 I'm at my wits end and don't know how to approach without making the problem worse

  • Sara
    Apr 06, 2018

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I would definitely recommend getting her professional help asap. Her doctor/pediatrician should be able to make a referral.

  • Jose
    Apr 06, 2018

    I went through the same. We spoke to her Dr, they got her the needed help. Therapy and family counseling. It was a hard road but we seemed to have gotten through it. Prayers for your family.

  • Tonya
    Apr 06, 2018

    Hey Sarah, I was a mental health therapist before staying,at home with my little recently and worked with several teen cutters. I've seen it a lot in kids that experience trauma and depresdion and do not know how to express their feelings in a healthy manner. I would strongle advise getting professional help ASAP- and no shaming for her actions in the meantime.

  • Cecy
    Apr 07, 2018

    Be there for her show her your support and get Her help been there . I struggled for many years getting her the help she needed she hated me for a while for getting involved but in the long run she knew I did it for her best interest and now she is all good and we have never been closer she knows she can talk bout anything and that I will always be there for her

  • Sophia
    Apr 08, 2018

    Agree with other posters - get her to a therapist that has worked with cutters And teens that have been bullied ASAP. I’m sorry she was bullied. Take the pills and all others OUT of her room. Tell her about crisis text line 741741 -A resource She can text.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 14, 2018

    As someone who did cut themself and was in mental hospitals for suicidal thoughts and actual attempts, please don't call us cutters. It's actually very insensitive and most of the people I met in groups felt the same way.

  • Noelle
    Apr 21, 2018

    I never cut myself but I had insomnia and depression if she has sleeping pills that probably means she has insomnia. I agree I need to take them from her and talk to a dr. But make sure that u do get something to help her sleep at night.

  • Jadess
    Apr 22, 2018

    I’ve dealt with cutting myself since I was 13. I’m 24 now. I have family members going through similar issues. All I can really tell you. Is to please try to assure her that you’re always there. And dont get upset when she does come to you ( my mom always got mad when I’d come to her. Which made no sense) maybe counseling I was in therapy for years. On and off. I stopped medication it just never helped. Maybe get her some coloring books like mandalas and some cool colors. I used to color a lot when I was feeling upset or something. There’s sooo many ways you can help. Maybe talk to some of her friends without her knowing and tell them to keep an eye on her. Slip her little notes under her door saying you love her. Bug her to spend time with you. If you can keep her distracted there’s a less chance she will be hurting herself. I’m sorry youre going through this. It is very hard.

  • Lexx
    May 16, 2018

    Let her know you love her and are proud of her that there is nothing you would change about her. explain to her that you want to help her through this. And like everyone is saying get her some professional help and dont stop taking her until everything is better maybe even a little after that.