This is my first post but I already feel so supported by reading the other posts. I felt so alone until now.
My son is 17 and has struggled with mental illness for the past 2 years. He was recently diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. This has been a particularly bad week because a friend of his committed suicide (a friend with severe depression that he had “made a pact with to not commit suicide”). Whenever my son gets really upset his first instinct is to cut off his right hand. I think he really feels like cutting off his hand will relieve everything he’s feeling. He draws dotted lines on his wrist where he wants to cut. He scratches the line until he bleeds. He hits and bangs his hand into things because he wants it gone. This is the 3rd time this has happened and it usually lasts about a week.
Haven any of you experienced this? Did you find a distraction or anything that helped stop the obsessive thoughts?