This article is from the WebMD Feature Archive WebMD archives content after 2 years to ensure our readers can easily find signs depression teenage boys most timely content. To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. It’s a practice that is foreign, frightening, to parents.
It is not a suicide attempt, though it may look and seem that way. This practice has long existed in secrecy. Cuts can be easily hidden under long sleeves. We can go to any school and ask, ‘Do you know anyone who cuts? Yeah, everybody knows someone,” says Karen Conterio, author of the book, Bodily Harm. Alternatives at Linden Oak Hospital in Naperville, Ill.
Picture of an Unhappy Kid Her patients are getting younger and younger, Conterio tells WebMD. Self-harm typically starts at about age 14. But in recent years we’ve been seeing kids as young as 11 or 12. As more and more kids become aware of it, more kids are trying it.