I Thought Cutting Was Just A Girl Thing, But My Son Showed Me Otherwise
By Craig Rogers
Many parents don’t watch for signs of cutting in their sons because they believe it is a problem that only impacts girls. This is untrue and leaves many youths to struggle without the help they need. If your family is dealing with this issue, please don’t wait to seek out professional intervention and assistance.
Triangle Cross Ranch’s programs can assist youths dealing with difficult issues by providing effective support and therapy. You can reach us today if you are in need of advice or further assistance at 1-866-471-6695.
My Teenage Boy Became A Cutter
With no daughters, I always assumed that self-mutilation wasn’t something I would ever have to worry about. I think it might have been this assumption that boys never engage in self-harm that made me take such a long time to realize what was going on. I ignored clear signs and obvious signals, always just assuming that there had to be some other explanation for what I was observing. Unfortunately, closing my eyes to the truth did nothing to fix the problem and only allowed my son to get worse as he went without professional support. When I finally put all of the pieces together and came to terms with the fact that my child had been cutting himself, I still felt lost. He was clearly struggling with something that I couldn’t really understand, making it difficult to know how to help. I initially turned to a counselor, but eventually came to the conclusion that this wasn’t enough to bring about the results we needed. I eventually heard about a residential program that specialized in helping youths who are struggling with self-harm. I was hesitant to have my child leave home during this difficult time in his life, but I knew something had to be done. Since going to this facility, my boy has overcome his self-harm and also come to terms with the depression he was struggling with. I’ve never seen him happier than he’s been in the two years since his treatment. I would recommend to any parent dealing with similar issues that they seek out a program that will offer the same kind of support and guidance that saved my family.