For millions of children in the U.S., poverty, neglect or abuse is a reality of everyday life, though these struggles are often hidden from view.
Adult survivors often feel ashamed about and stigmatized for their childhood adversity. This makes it difficult to recognize that these events occur.
While it’s easier to turn away than to face these issues, we can no longer afford to do so. Stress, Read more
Is there such a thing as unintentional abuse? Absolutely. I experienced it myself.
Author, therapist, and PsychCentral.com columnist Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC-BE, MS, specializes in working with children and adolescents suffering from behavioral and mood disorders. She helped educate me about the realities of unintentional abuse and what it looks like.
So, what exactly is it?
Hill notes that unintentional abuse is often perpetrated by someone emotionally unavailable to provide adequate emotional or physical care to a child. The unintentional abuser does not maliciously intend to harm or intimidate a child but does just that through: Read more
Why do children cut, burn, hit or poison themselves? The cause is often a feeling of despair or untreated mental illness and depression.
And it’s a growing issue among pre-teens and teens. Nearly 2 million cases of self-harm are reported each year, but the actual number may be higher, as a majority of those engaging in self-injurious behavior (SIB) conceal their activity.
According to updated data on self-harm from HealthyPlace.com
- One in five females and one in seven males engage in self-harm yearly
- Ninety percent of those who engage in self-harm begin in the pre-teen or teen years
- Nearly 50 percent have been sexually abused
- Many learn how to inflict harm from friends or pro self-injury websites