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Self-harm occurs for many different reasons and understanding the differences to those reasons is crucial to helping someone stop the behavior. Self-harm does not always equate to suicidality and some providers inappropriately refer individuals who self-harm to inpatient programs, causing the potential for additional trauma and stress. Self-harm, in many cases, is an attempt at coping when a person doesn't yet know alternative healthy ways to cope instead.
Anxiety can be mildly annoying or completely debilitating. The body's autonomic response system was designed to get us out of tough situations quickly, but when that response is on 24/7 or gets activated in non-emergency situations, it can really interfere with day-to-day life.
Depression is an all-encompassing obstacle to living your best life. Some people have depressive episodes in response to a life stressor and others struggle with depression for seemingly no reason at all. Both forms of depression are valid and can be combatted with compassion and connection. Depression sometimes looks like laziness but nothing could be further from the truth. It takes a lot of courage to face each day.