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How to Address the Problem of Self Injurious Behavior

Tue, Apr. 19, 2016 Posted: 07:54 PM


The problem of self-injurious behavior in the lives of our teens is a tough topic to discuss.

Millions claim cutting themselves relieves their pain.

What pain? It’s the pain that comes from the chaos and insecurity of a life without boundaries and no one to enforce them.

In general, kids who cut on themselves are most often those who’ve been exposed to, and engaged in, excessive sinful activity without intervention.

My theory is that today’s teenagers who struggle with cutting themselves are trying to, without being cognitively aware of it, atone for their own sin. All they know is that their own shed blood makes things feel better.

Teenage cutting and self-injurious behavior is an epidemic today!

This ought to tell us that something is radically wrong with our entire culture.

If cutting is an issue with your child, seek help! Without being accusatory, assure your child that Jesus Christ has already shed His blood for the sins of the whole world–including all of theirs.

To better understand this topic, read my article:
Self-Injurious Behavior Index: A Guide to My Posts Addressing SIB

Our Family Coaching Service through Shepherds Hill Academy is another great resource to help guide your family through this difficult situation.

Conversation Starter: What are some ways our culture can address the cutting epidemic amongst today’s teens?

Trace Embry is the Founder and Director of Shepherds Hill Academy, a Christ-centered therapeutic residential program, as well as a private accredited boarding school for troubled teenagers. He is the Host of the "License to Parent with Trace Embry Radio Program." He is also a public speaker, and teaches parenting classes. Visit his parenting blog at “Insight for Today's Culture with Trace Embry."

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