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Finding Help: Getting a Self Harm Assessment for Your Troubled Teen

Finding Help: Getting a Self Harm Assessment for Your Troubled Teen

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The crucial factor to keep in mind about self-harm is the fact that self-harm is not a suicide attempt – although, since self-harm is often a result of underlying issues, it can increase the risk of suicide in the long term. Still, self-harm is far from safe: not only is intentionally harming oneself a warning sign, it can often go wrong. Emergency rooms are full of horror stories of unsympathetic doctors having little care for self-inflicted wounds. Self-harm isn’t merely a cry for attention either – in most cases, it is a coping mechanism. Difficult as the problem may be, fortunately, there is hope in the form of a self harm assessment. Administered by professionals, a self harm assessment can shine light onto your child’s self-harm habits and the deeper reasons behind them.  

As studies suggest, out of all self-harm cases, only 53.2% get a self harm assessment. With only a little over half of patients receiving any sort of psychological help following their self-harm, it is hardly surprising that so much self-harm occurs in secret. Having a stigma associated with self-harm only perpetuates feelings of guilt and makes it less likely for a child who needs a self harm assessment to ask for help.

Self Harm Assessments: Before and After

A self harm assessment is a combination of learning the previous history, mitigating the effects, and making a healthy plan going forward. Essentially, treatment consists of simultaneously focusing on the past, present, and future of your child’s self-harm habits. By addressing all three at the same time, an assessment helps paint a picture that brings out what caused the problem to begin with – and finds ways to gently guide your child toward healthy habits.

Often, self-harm is, in itself, a symptom. A psychological assessment can reveal other mental illnesses and substance use issues. With 24/7 observation, experienced staff, and state-of-the-art facilities, assessments offer a level of care that simply cannot be matched in a home environment. Everybody needs help occasionally – and through an assessment, you can be sure that your child is getting the very best. Although the problem can seem daunting, an assessment for your teen’s self-harm can put them back on a healthy path.

ViewPoint Center Can Help

If you suspect your child is harming themselves, it may be time to consider professional help. ViewPoint Center is a teen assessment center for young people ages 12-17. ViewPoint offers a comprehensive diagnostic assessment followed by treatment.

For more information about ViewPoint Center, please call 801-825-5222 today!

 

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