Our expert says:
Whatever is happening, your boy sounds genuinely disturbed, and the cutting is a sure sign of that, though he can surely be helped if he gets the right sort of expert help. This sort of child can become suicidally depressed ( or even as in the examples we have seen in America and Europe, a school shooter ) if left alone. He needs to see a good local psychiatrist or psychologist for a proper assessment and a discussion of treatment options. You are wise to be concerned. With treatment he may not only get through this rough patch, but discover himself and thrive, finding better ways to use his imagination and creativity. Self-cutting is very disturbing but more common among youngsters han we think, and more a sign of general distress which should be attended to.
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