She ran into a stall in the girls' bathroom, rolled up her sleeve, and cut her left arm as hard as she could with her nails.
She drew blood, but she continued to scratch and cut.
In her mind, self-injury was the only way she could deal with all the dealing with stress.
A few minutes later, her feelings of hopelessness subsided.
Sometimes it is characterized by feeling nervous or jumpy.
That's why it's crucial that teens learn safe, healthy, effective coping strategies so they can deal with anxiety and stress appropriately into adulthood. Imagine a boy about 13 years old who accepts a friend's challenge to play "bloody knuckles" (punching each other's fists until they bleed).Amanda (not her real name) was feeling overwhelmed.Her parents were preoccupied with financial worries. And her best friend was not speaking to her because of a fight they had a couple of days earlier. After a particularly tough algebra exam, she felt her world was caving in.Children of abusive parents might lack good role models for dealing with stress in a healthy way.Just as everyone experiences stress in unique ways, everyone deals with stress in different ways.When teens feel sad, distressed, anxious, or confused, the emotions might be so extreme that they lead to acts of self-injury (also called cutting, self-mutilation, or self-harm).