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Cutting & Self-harm

About Cutting & Self-harm

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"Self-harm" refers to the deliberate, direct destruction of body tissue that results in tissue damage. When someone engages in self-harm, they may have a variety of intentions; these are discussed below. However, the person's intention is NOT to kill themselves. You may have heard self-harm referred to as "parasuicide," "self-mutilation," "self-injury," "self-abuse," "cutting," "self-inflicted violence," and so on. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • What are some of the psychological reasons for self-mutilation?
  • What are some of the effective treatments for cutting?
  • Is cutting or self-harm a new phenomenon?
  • Are teenagers at greater risk for cutting than adults?
  • What are some effective prevention and education efforts employed to decrease cutting?
  • Why do people intentionally injure themselves?
  • What are the most common forms of intentional self harm?
  • Why are teens often victims of this self destructive behavior?
  • How is this related to other psychological disorders?
  • What is meant by the statement that "self-mutilation is a coping mechanism"?
  • What are some of the feelings associated with this behavior that classify it as an addiction?
  • Does cutting lead to suicide?