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My 4 yr old has self-injury problems

 Kids often engage in self-injury in order to relieve overwhelming emotional stress OR as an attempt to escape a feeling of numbness and emptiness. Some kids may only engage in the behavior a few times, while others can rely on self-injury as a consistent way to temporarily manage their emotional problems. Still other children may have underlying psychological illnesses, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, that require treatment. Therefore, it is extremely important to locate a professional counselor who can help the family find the underlying cause of the behavior, help the child manage her emotions, and find alternative ways to cope with stress.
In Topics: Physical Health
> 60 days ago

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mheyman
Sep 1, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

I agree with this caution;  in addition, occasionally self-injury can be a sign of an underlying organic (physical) condition that needs to be diagnosed, so consulting with the pediatrician for all of these children is important.

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