Help! my sister is cutting herself !

Christine - posted on 01/14/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Im 27, My little sister is 14 i found out a couple of days ago that my sister is cutting herself. I don't know what to do. She's also anorexic. I have tried talking to her but she shuts down and doesn't give me a response as to why she is self harming. I aproach the subject of matter with caution. But no matter how careful I am about choosing the right words she just tells me to leave "it" alone. I would really appreciate some advice from anyone. It's breaking my heart to see my sister the way she is. I love her so much i don't want to lose her.

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Michelle - posted on 01/15/2015

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I'm sorry that you are going through this, Christine. It is difficult to make decisions that will betray someone's confidences in you, but please know that you did the right thing in getting your sister the help she needs. The things she is doing to herself are cries for help...and that is exactly what you did. It is a wonderful thing for her that she has a sister like you who loves and cares so much about her. Good thing you intervened now. A wait could have resulted in a worse situation...

Good luck!

Jodi - posted on 01/14/2015

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Don't worry that your sister is mad at you. You had an obligation to tell your mother so that she could get help. You did the right thing. She can now get the assistance she needs to help her with the pain that is causing her to do this to herself.

Thomas - posted on 01/14/2015

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Hi Christine Hmmm Cutting as it is called in England is a cry for help it can be emotional or a psychiatric problem but needs to be addressed by trained Councillors and she may have to be referred to a Psychiatrist ,and a Psychologist when or if she is assessed as to the problem there will be a professional team to assess your sister (nothing to be afraid of !) psychiatrist ,Psychologist a nurse practitioner whom will discuss with your sister they may even see her individually if she is nervous ! and then come together as a team and discuss what they feel would be the best course of action and How to proceed and how best to help your sister!. but your mum and dad need to be made aware of the fact of what she is doing if they are not already aware of the situation.

Dealing with this situation both parents must be calm and not lose their tempers at your sister they must however using love explain that she needs help! and you as a sister must be supportive towards your sister and parents also .I hope all goes well .

Christine - posted on 01/14/2015

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Thank you. I just told my mom about it shes taking her to the hospital....my sister is mad at me she called me a traitor...

Michelle - posted on 01/14/2015

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I would definitely suggest taking her to see a professional. First, the doctor and then a therapist/counselor/psychiatrist (whomever the doctor recommends). At 14, your parent(s) will probably have to take her, so if they do not know about it, you might need to inform them.

Good luck!

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