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While this was happening and I was seeking solutions, my therapist recommended this to me, as a method to use, especially with teens as it helps in multiple ways. When people cut themselves they often leave scars. While the scars mar the skin, they are also a reminder of all the hurt and pain that was felt, hence the reason for cutting and getting the scars. This is a vicious cycle. 1. Purchase a good Vitamin E oil, or other oil that the individual likes both the smell and feel of. 2. Tell the individual that the oil is going to help calm the mind and help minimize scarring. 3. The individual is to put a small amount of oil on the scar, or scars, and rub them gently, massaging the oil into the skin. 4. This should be done at least three times a day but can be done EVERY time the individual is feeling stress or the need to cut.
When I talked to my son about this he was “okay” with it because it was something that he could do, independently, so as not to have to rely on anyone or face any embarrassment. It could be done anytime since it was a quick process if necessary. He did this whenever he had the “desire” to cut. It worked. He told me that it did help reduce that stress and feeling to hurt himself.
I taught this technique to my students when I was working at a Clinical Day Program for high school kids with emotional disturbances. Most of these students were extremely volatile, self-injurious, physically aggressive, and angry. For one student in particular, “Jenny”, she used this technique after I gave her the oil and she stopped cutting. Other students in my class used the technique and just described it as a relaxing thing to do.
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