Young women are self-harming more, according to new data. As The Washington Post shares, emergency room visits for girls 10 to 14 has risen since 2008. It is not clear what is causing the self-harm rates to go up but some experts point to smartphones and cyber bullying as the culprits.
Most of the girls and women who were admitted to emergency rooms came for ingesting pills or poisons. Some were treated for injuring themselves with sharp objects, such as cutting. According to the new data, the number of girls ages 10 to 24 admitted to emergency rooms for nonfatal self-inflicted injuries grew by 8.4 percent annually from 2009 to 2015.
Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, points to the importance of smartphones in the lives of this generation compared to those of the past. Teens in every generation have experienced mental-health problems, she said. Genetic predisposition, family environments, bullying
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Elizabeth Smart doesn’t want to see her life story again. The 29-year-old’s abduction and escape was captured in the new Lifetime film, . Smart was both a producer and narrator on the movie. She saw it once but says that she doesn’t want to see her case on the small screen again.
“I’m pretty proud of it and I’ve watched it and, no offense to Alana [Boden, who played Smart in the film], she was great, but I never want to watch it again,” she tells E!. The movie, which premiered this weekend, shows Smart’s 2002 kidnapping when she was 14 years old. The depiction was very accurate. “That’s how good it was.” She continues, “I had been over the script probably about 100 times…then I narrate a lot of it, so I had seen a lot of the difference pieces and then finally watching the whole thing come together in one format, it was
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Elizabeth Smart revealed some of the triggers that bring her back to her kidnapping ordeal on “Access Hollywood.” She appeared on the show on Monday to promote two upcoming television projects that focus on the events: the movie “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” which premieres Nov. 19 at 8/7c on Lifetime, and the second half of a two-part documentary special called “Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography”, which airs Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. on AE.
In 2002, Smart was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. They kept her captive for nine months and was repeatedly raped and assaulted before she was saved, People reports.
“I have been so blessed,” Smart, now 30, said during Monday’s appearance. “I have been so lucky. I have not struggled with PTSD. I mean there are moments where I’ll see something or maybe I’ll smell something and it’ll take me back.”
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