Visible body illness, for example, extreme weight loss or weight gain. Getting sick due to being unhealthy and not looking after yourself. The effects that drugs have on the body and the mind, for example, lack of energy and motivation to do anything. Also the actual scars of what the person has done to themselves, for example, cuts or burns on the body that rarely go away. These scars will be on a person possibly for the rest of their lives. Even though a person may not self harm anymore, the scars will always be there to remind them of their past.
This may cause psychological issues. Psychological Effects/Impacts: The psychological damage from both the Self-Harm and the shame and guilt that follow can be as devastating as the problems and stresses that lead to the Self-Harming behaviour in the first place. Self-Harm can have an effect on others as well. Friends and relatives feel inadequate at knowing how to help those they care about. In many cases the whole idea of someone harming themselves is so foreign and incomprehensible that people, including health professionals, will shun and condemn the person who Self-Harms.
The act of Self-Harm can be seen as a coping mechanism. Sometimes mental illness can form after someone begins self-harming and sometimes a person starts self-harming because they are already mentally ill. To be faced with addiction can have a huge impact on the self-harmer. 4. Short and long term impact on young people and their families: Short Term Impact on the young person: Self harm is almost always closely associated with a traumatic event of some kind. One in which the self harmer has intense feelings.
He or she may feel distressed, confused, highly charged emotionally and unable to express how they feel, either to ask for help or to understand or act on any advice given. They may feel angry, frustrated, fearful, guilty, anxious, extremely sad or lonely or worthless. With no other sensible alternative, the self harm episode can be seen as a way of coping with these intense emotional feelings and pain, for which there is, apparently, no other outlet. The after effect of the self harm episode is a great ‘come down’ from those dizzy emotional heights.
This produces a great sense of comfort, relief, calmness and wellbeing. For the self harmer, this addictive behaviour can become very difficult to control and the need to self harm can become overwhelming. Short Term Impact on the family/friends of the young person self harming: Self-harming brings out a variety of feelings in people, this can include shock, frustration, sadness, guilt, revulsion, anger, and fear, to name a few. When facing the physical evidence of the extent of the self-harmer’s pain, people often feel helplessness in being able to stop the person self-harming.
These are the kinds of feelings the loved ones of a self harmers would face, however, the reactions of family, peers, medical professionals, and others to self-harm have an impact on the self-injurer. This is why going about the situation needs to handled in a certain way. Long Term Impact on the Young Person: As mentioned before the scars if a person has performed harm on themselves through cutting or burning, the scars will most likely be there forever. This will remind them of their past. The constant temptation to return to there old ways when something goes wrong in their life.