The Cutting Edge Of Coping with Self Injury

Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 03:03 PM
Author: Chato Stewart

Adolescents And Self Injury/Harm…How-To Cope

Using a hot knife, he branded the date of the event permanently on his forearm — his version of a suicide note…“I didn’t really want to die,” he said. “But I didn’t know how else to relieve the pain I was feeling inside.” – (Charlotte Sun 8/14 Guns & Mental Illness|Article by Brenda Barbosa PDF)

Injuring yourself on purpose by making scratches or cuts on your body with a sharp object — enough to break the skin and make it bleed — is called cutting. Cutting is a type of self-injury, or SI. People who cut often start cutting in their young teens. Some continue to cut into adulthood.

People may cut themselves on their wrists, arms, legs, or bellies. Some people self-injure by burning their skin with the end of a cigarette or lighted match.

When cuts or burns heal, they often leave scars or marks. People who injure themselves

With the growing pressures on today’s adolescents, more and more are turning to self -harm (a.k.a. NSSI/Non-Suicidal Self-Injury) in order to cope. Although each person is unique, there appears to be a correlation to an emotional release that can be addictive for the self-injurious individual.

Individuals report that they have feelings so intense that they feel self-injurious behaviors releases their emotions. It is important to understand that not only is there an emotional component, but also a physical one in that endorphins are released when the individual self-injures.

What are the Cutting Edge tools with Coping with Self Injury

The need for healthy replacement behaviors, identifying triggers and faulty thought patterns, as well as learning self- soothing are important to treating individuals who self-injure and give the essential healthy coping skills.

Melissa Worthen, LMHC states “exercise of any form such as running, yoga, or dancing can help manage the stress and create healthy coping skills to release endorphins thus reducing self injurious behaviors“.

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Will You Pay Attention To the Signs of ADHD?

Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 09:03 AM
Author: Chato Stewart

Will You Pay Attention To the Signs of ADHD? 

ADHD: I’m Afraid My Child Has ADHD 

Yes, your child is smart! Don’t think other wise! Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, mostly referred to by it’s acronym ADHD, is something parents need to pay attention to because it’s serious.

But, wait, don’t  worry! It’s treatable and some very famous people are rumored to have ADHD. Ever hear of Albert Einstein? Yup, he had what some might call a classic case of ADHD. Let’s “break it down“, Justin Timberlake, JT  Singer-Actor-Producer-Businessman extraordinaire. Yes, in and interview in 2008 on, Justin Timberlake confirmed it for the world. Justin Timberlake replying to a question says: “I have OCD mixed with ADD, you try living with that.”

Does Extreme Weather And Environmental Conditions Cause Anger and Rage? (Part 2)

Causes of Anger and Snow Rage

Some are raging over snow and its added work. They have gotten so much snow, they have run out of places to shovel it. Neighbors are fighting over where to put piles of snow and who’s parking where. If You shoveled out a spot, you claim ownership. Even if you aren’t using it all day long…God forbid somebody temporarily uses your parking spot. Some are getting nasty over too much beautiful, sparkling white stuff. A white out it causing some to wig out.

There are many environmental and climate (emotional and otherwise) settings that can trigger rage. Do You have problems controlling your emotions when it comes to dealing with unpleasant weather or storms? Here is Sunny Florida, most likely, we may deal with a little dip in temperature, but the chances of us developing “snow” rage are probably rare.

What can we do to Avoid the Weather Rage?

Dealing and managing stress and anger and anxiety successfully is a skill! We all need to develop this skill no matter what the weather or where we live in the United States and beyond.

What helps you manage your anger?
What helps you manage your rage?
What helps you manage your stress?
What helps you manage your anxiety?

Exploring healthy ways and strategies to bring our anger and rage, stress and anxiety under control definitely will add to our personal peace. And to the peace and unity of our community. When communities, neighborhoods work together to shovel away or deal with a common challenge, friendships can be built in times of crisis. It is wonderful to see many peoples up North (and elsewhere) who maturely come together to tackle a problem…In essence, building a snow bridge or snow man together instead of having a snow ball fight, huh?

By learning to exercise self-control. We may not be able to reduce snow, but we can reduce harm! We may not be able to stop the rain, but we can stop the rage!


Peer Ambassador 
Chato Stewart


The Share Spot ribbon cutting ceremony photo by Chato Stewartribbon cutting ceremony photo by Chato StewartThe S.H.A.R.E. Spot held the ribbon cutting ceremony February 24th with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce!
The Share Spot for CBHC is operating 4 days a week as a consumer-run program that follows a clubhouse representation that is based on the recovery model in which includes the key components:

  • Self-Direction,
  • Individualized and
  • Person-Centered,
  • Empowerment,
  • Holistic,
  • Non-Linear,
  • Strengths-Based,
  • Peer Support,
  • Respect,
  • Responsibility
  • and Hope.

The address of The Share Spot is 21450 Gibralter Drive Port Charlotte, 33952 and the hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00-2:30.


*Photos and Video by Chato Stewart.

Extreme Weather And Environmental Conditions

Here in, typically balmy, Florida, most of us may not be familiar with the term “snow rage.” Even if you are an annual “Snow-Bird,” this term may be unusual. I had never heard of it before myself. Until my older sister, who resides in New England’s Boston area, informed me. Snow Rage and it’s serious effects has made the news there.

This gives us an opportunity to shed some light on the human psyche when under fierce pressure, both mentally and physically, while facing extreme weather conditions.  Something we never have to deal with down hear in Florida with our hurricanes, and flash floods, torrential rains, tornadoes…oh, and let’s not forget: Florida is the “Lightning Strike” capital of  America.  So examining rage and a few things we might be able to do if we are ever faced with a similar snow/storm-like situation which may help us slide down the rage hill into a more tranquil and productive calmness.

A Storm is Brewing Under my Skin

As many people know much of the North, this Winter, has gotten hit hard with snow.  The amount varies from state to state, and area, town, city. My sisters, well, they are in the Boston area of Massachusetts.  They got pummeled, slammed bad! It is a winter wonderland with relentless snow. Blizzard conditions have caused countless challenges of commuting and communicating.  Layer, over layer, foot over foot of snow banks. There was so much snow and it had no place to go but up, and up, and up…On Friday, February the 13th, there was a lull in the snow, only for a few hours then another HUGE Storm hit. Dumping almost 2 more FEET of snow on top of the huge piles of snow that was already there from a few days before.

STRESSED are the people, shutting whole cities down, trains, planes and automobiles.  I drew the below Mental Health Humor cartoon for the 13th, but by then the “Sown Rage” was in full-effect up North.1518_MentalHealthHumor-mental health hell had to freeze over bad-luck