Self-harm – taking away the pain
People self-harm because in that moment hurting yourself can take away the pain of strong emotions. As with most coping mechanisms self-harm usually starts with a spur of the moment action and then develops into a way of coping. Because it is usually done in secret and people feel ashamed by what they are doing it leads to greater feelings of stress. But solving problems by self harming can be dangerous even life threatening if you get it wrong or get an infection. Self-harming can become more extreme and dangerous as you get used of the pain and try to hurt yourself more to get the same relief.