Self-harm or self-injury is a sign of emotional distress where you hurt yourself on purpose. Common methods include cutting yourself with a knife, pulling out your hair, picking at wounds to prevent healing, and burning yourself. These distressing emotions may grow more intense if you continue to use self-harm as a coping mechanism. Learning other ways to tolerate the mental anguish will make you stronger and treatment will vary based on your specific issues. Treating self-injurious behavior can take time and hard work and seeking a qualified mental health counselor can help get you started on the path to healing.