'Hawaii Five-0' Actress Michelle Borth Thinks She Has a Solution for Self-Harm Scars
What You Should Know: Hawaii Five-0 actress Michelle Borth said in a new interview with People that she has had self-harm and suicidal thoughts in the past. Borth said that the treatment solved her psychological problems, but she was struggling with the scars that reminded her of her past.
It really affects you. You get a look. I always felt that it was a look from someone who felt bad for me, from someone who felt sorry for me. Or sometimes angry looks from someone who judges me. - Michelle Borth
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Finally Borth showed Dr. Alexander Rivkin their scars. Rivkin, a cosmetic doctor who specializes in non-surgical treatments, experimented with injections. By filling in the areas around her raised scars, he could almost make them disappear. Rivkin said he could use steroid injections to smooth the appearance of raised scars and lasers and reduce the redness of scars from his treatment.
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The Frontlines: Self-harm (referred to by experts as non-suicidal self-harm) is defined as an intentional injury to your body tissue without the intention of dying. There are many reasons why people can hurt themselves, but it is often used to regulate difficult and intense emotions.
About 17% of adolescents, 14% of young people up to the age of 24 and almost 6% of adults injure themselves
People often begin to hurt themselves at the age of 15, and use self-harm as a coping tool for an average of five years before stopping
Using alternatives to self-harm, such as listening to music, texting a friend, recording journals, or walking, are the most common ways to deal with self-harm needs, with the support of a psychologist. Here are some coping skills to get you started.
Self-harm is generally not the same as attempting suicide. However, those who hurt themselves are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts. If you need assistance now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach the crisis text line by sending "START" to 741741
Related: Alternatives to self-harm that actually worked for me
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A powerful voice: Although Borth wanted to cover up her self-injuring scars, not everyone does. Our contributor Brian Fu explained how his self-injuring scars serve as a reminder of his strength. “Look at your scars, whatever they look like, and know that you can survive this time of life and live with the memory that you can do anything, including recovery. I believe in you. Go ahead. "You can also submit your ego story.
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See also: Pete Davidson says he started getting tattoos to cover up self-injuring scars
Other important information: If you are struggling with self-harm, you are not alone. You can read the Mighty's Guide to Self-Injury Recovery here and other resources here.
How you can turn self-injuring scars into life-affirming works of art
Why I decided not to hide my self-injuring scars anymore
If you are ashamed of your self-injuring scars, read this
More Helpful Thinking: Rivkin's scar solution to self-harm is expensive. As a result, Borth and Rivkin have launched Roll Up Your Sleeves to offer more people the treatment for free. More information about Roll Up Your Sleeves can be found here.
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