Teens and risky behavior

WHAT IS CUTTING?

  • Injuring yourself on purpose by making scratches or cuts on your body with a sharp object. Cutting is a type of self-injury. Most people who cut are girls.
  • Cutting is a way to cope with the pain of strong emotions or pressure.
  • People who cut or self-injure sometimes have other mental health problems. They may have trouble controlling their impulses and may engage in risk-taking behaviors.
  • Most people who cut aren't attempting suicide.

    TIPS FOR ADDRESSING AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS CUTTING:

    Don't

  • React with anger.
  • Go into denial about the problem.
  • Assume this is a phase your teen will outgrow.
  • Say "What did I do wrong for you to do this to yourself."
  • Ask "Why are you doing this to yourself?"
  • Try to hide sharp objects. It's an ineffective deterrent. If your child wants to self-injure, she'll find a way.

    Do

  • Admit you and your child need help.
  • Take the problem very seriously. This is not just attention-seeking behavior.
  • Be completely supportive.
  • Immediately seek treatment for your child

    RITALIN:

  • Intended to treat ADD/ADHD
  • Possible side effects: increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure and insomnia
  • Students use the drugs to help them study longer with greater focus and efficiency.

    EATING DISORDERS & BOYS:

  • 10% of people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are male
  • Eating disorders rose significantly among American boys between 1995 and 2005
  • The increased weight control behavior noted in males suggests growing social pressure for males to achieve unrealistic body expectations
  • Males have negative attitudes toward treatment-seeking and are less likely than females to seek treatment
    (Source: Chao et al. International Journal of Eating Disorders)

    WARNING SIGNS OF AN EATING DISORDER:

  • Won't maintain a normal body weight for height and age
  • Terrified of becoming fat
  • He or she feels fat even when he or she is not

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