Advertisement

What are examples of self-destructive behavior?

Sheri Van Dijk
Psychiatry
The following are examples of self-destructive behavior:
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Overeating
  • Cutting yourself
  • Verbally lashing out at someone
  • Avoiding other people or isolating yourself
  • Using drugs
  • Engaging in disordered eating (for example, fasting or purging)
  • Gambling
  • Throwing things
  • Engaging in dangerous sexual practices (for instance, having unprotected sex or having sex with someone you just met)
  • Using sleep to escape
  • Threatening suicide
  • Becoming violent toward others
  • Threatening others
  • Banging your head against a wall
  • Pulling out your hair
  • Attempting suicide
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Using DBT to Regain Control of Your Emotions and Your Life (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

More About this Book

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Using DBT to Regain Control of Your Emotions and Your Life (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Even if you've just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it's likely that you've been living with it for a long time. You've probably already developed your own ways of coping with recurring...

Continue Learning about Mental Health

Avoid Loneliness and Cultivate Personal Relationships
Avoid Loneliness and Cultivate Personal Relationships
In Alan Sillitoe’s 1962 classic British film, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, a reform school student (Tom Courtenay) makes a name for him...
Read More
What are the benefits of resilience?
Dr. Kathleen HallDr. Kathleen Hall
Resilience is the ability to bounce back. Resilience allows you to recover your strength in the most...
More Answers
Your Anger Management Menu
Your Anger Management MenuYour Anger Management MenuYour Anger Management MenuYour Anger Management Menu
Believe it or not, your mood is affected by your diet. Try these foods to for steady blood sugar and a better attitude all day long.
Start Slideshow
Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz - What would you say to other practicing doctors who write off intuition?
Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz - What would you say to other practicing doctors who write off intuition?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.