Self-Harm/Mutilating Behaviors

Self-harm is any form of self-mutilation or self-injury that includes cutting, burning, banging or hitting body parts, scratching, and compulsive hair-pulling, ingestion of toxic substances or objects, and interfering with wound healing. Self-Harm behaviors are often regarded as a sign of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), although this is not always the case. Millions of people in the United States practice some form of self-harm behavior.

How can DBT help?

Self-Harm is behavior that needs to be taken seriously and DBT offers simple techniques to help with self-harm/mutilating behaviors. By altering the autonomic nervous system or neurochemistry, DBT offers a host of self-harm avoidance techniques. DBT teaches patients to look at negative feelings and situations with more calm and clarity (Wise Mind) and helps them regulate emotions to increase their interpersonal effectiveness.

  • Mindfulness: Development of awareness of thoughts, feelings, and urges
  • Distress Tolerance: Learn techniques to counteract maladaptive coping behaviors
  • Emotion Regulation: Learn how to regulate emotions
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Set boundaries for self and others