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Can you die from a small self inflicted injury?

Can you die from a small self inflicted injury?

Yes,: Although many people injure themselves on purpose or accidentally without last harm, self injurious behaviors (sib) can produce lasting damage and even death, depending on the kind of injury--severe head banging, for example. More important, perhaps, is to understand the need to hurt oneself, because usually is a symptom of significant emotional distress of some kind. ...Read more

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Self Harm (Definition)

In brief, it is the action or inaction (failure to take action) that intentionally seeks to cause damage to oneself. Can range from mild physical harm, i.e. Scratching, to the extreme of causing death. An example of inaction would be not taking one's Insulin resulting in ...Read more


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Is tongue/cheek/lip biting a dermatophagia or self injury?

Is tongue/cheek/lip biting a dermatophagia or self injury?

A little of both...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. In any of these cases it could be construed as both dermatophagia and self-injury in varying degrees as technically dermatophagia is self-injury even though it is classified as form of (obsessive-compulsive) disorder. Don't confuse this with accidental intra-oral bites which may be self or externally inflicted. ...Read more

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Is pulling out your own hair considered self injury?

Is pulling out your own hair considered self injury?

Trichitillomania?: Hair pulling is not well understood and classified differently by various authors. Dsmiv classifies it as an impulse control disorder. The behavior itself termed body focused repetitive behavior. The behavior is common and only a disorder when it causes distress, is maladaptive, or interferes with function. Some qualify as self-harm, seeking emotional release or escape a sense of derealization. ...Read more

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Can an ACL cadavar tear without injuring your self?

Can an ACL cadavar tear without injuring your self?

Not likely: Without an incident, it is not likely. The cadaver acl graft acts as a scaffold. It takes approximately 6-9 months to incorporate. ...Read more

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What can help make self injury wounds heal faster?

What can help make self injury wounds heal faster?

Eat healthy: Hopefully, the self injury wounds are not an ongoing event. The affected person will seek professional mental health treatment asap. Making sure the person is healthy otherwise, getting rest ; eating a well-balanced diet is essential. The wounds should be kept clean and attended to daily if they are severe ; followed by the appropriate medical provider as needed. ...Read more

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Could ice help self harm scars?

Could ice help self harm scars?

Ice is not: likely to prevent or reducing scarring. Please consider dialectical behavioral therapy instead of cutting. Take care. ...Read more

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Can a torn or injured rotator cuff heal on its own? Will rom exercises help or cause more harm?

Can a torn or injured rotator cuff heal on its own? Will rom exercises help or cause more harm?

See below: Range of motion exercises. Will not cause harm and is a good thing you certainly want to avoid a frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis small tears can be treated conservatively without surgery. ...Read more

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How might one fade self inflicted scars?

How might one fade self inflicted scars?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do thoughts of suicide, scratching over old self harm cuts, unreasonable sadness and thinking of school as a stress and anxiety place lead to?

What do thoughts of suicide, scratching over old self harm cuts, unreasonable sadness and thinking of school as a stress and anxiety place lead to?

Needs evaluation: Thoughts of suicide and self harm need immediate evaluation. If suicidal thoughts are present, immediate help is needed and the patient needs to report it to a parent and seek help immediately. Also unreasonable sadness and stress could be signs of depression and anxiety needs evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can footballers recover from a knee ligament injury?

Can footballers recover from a knee ligament injury?

Yes, like everyone: Else. A lot depends on a number of factors: like which specific ligament, or the severity of the injury, any past injury to the specific ligament which has been reinjured, general health condition, the timing of the diagnosis and treatment start, any associated injuries, etc. Are you interested in specific ligament's injury? ...Read more

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Who does self inflicted body art?

Who does self inflicted body art?

Many do this: Art of the tattoo type can be done by anyone, although few do so. Prisoners are well known for the acquisition of tattoos which signify status and gang membership. Most body art that is self inflicted is temporary. Some also involve branding in various ways and the attachment of body jewelry. ...Read more

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Is pinging an elastic band on your wrist self harm?

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Is pinging an elastic band on your wrist self harm?

Elastic wrist band: Can be, if done to inflict pain or habitually. ...Read more

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Could the eye heal its self after laser pointer damage?

Could the eye heal its self after laser pointer damage?

Depends: If the laser damaged the central portion, the fovea, then the loss might not disappear but if the area is small it will eventually be ignored. If the damage is further out, it will click disappear from consciousness. Light receptor cells do not recover if permanently damaged. ...Read more

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Does torn cartilage (wrist) heal by it self?

Does torn cartilage (wrist) heal by it self?

Cartilage damage: Hi, it depends on the severity of the injury, if there is a big tear then definitely a repair is needed, if the tear is small and the pain is not so terrible and function is not affected that much Physical therapy could help with healing and preventing the scar tissue. ...Read more

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Old injury 2 knee & ankle. Quads r weak. Is weakness from injury or not being physically fit prior 2 injury. How long to build strength?

Old injury 2 knee & ankle. Quads r weak. Is weakness from injury or not being physically fit prior 2 injury. How long to build strength?

Could be from both: When an athlete is in top shape, it only takes 2-3 weeks to be set back 20-30% and 4-8 weeks to get back to the start point. If you were not in great shape to begin with.... It is probably a combination of both. ...Read more

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How many people survive a self inflicted gunshort wound to the head?

How many people survive a self inflicted gunshort wound to the head?

Gunshot to head: National statistics show that only 5 percent of people who sustain such gunshot wounds to the head survive them. ...Read more

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Can coccyx injury heal itself completely?

Can coccyx injury heal itself completely?

Yes.: They can heal themselves. Sometimes you may need to use a "doughnut" , to sit on, until it heals. ...Read more

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Does a cross-hatch cutting on your skin during self-injury mean something more significant than just cutting one way?

Does a cross-hatch cutting on your skin during self-injury mean something more significant than just cutting one way?

I know of no: "deep" meaning to cutting in this manner. Whoever is doing the self-mutilation may benefit from dialectical behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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What can I do about my self injury?

DBT: Please look into finding a therapist with expertise in dialectical behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I heal self injury burns quickly?

How can I heal self injury burns quickly?

Several Options: Biafine, wound honey, mederma. If the skin was broken or charred you should see a doctor. Please work on this with your therapist. ...Read more

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What are usual types of self-injury?

? : This an unusual question to ask. If you are having problems and are at risk for hurting yourself or others, please seek immediate help. . . You are not alone. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of self-injury?

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What is the medical definition of self-injury?

Self injury: Self-harm, Self-mutilation, or Suicidal behavior. Most terms use Intentional Self-harm. ...Read more

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What can help make self injury wounds heal faster?

Eat healthy: Hopefully, the self injury wounds are not an ongoing event. The affected person will seek professional mental health treatment asap. Making sure the person is healthy otherwise, getting rest ; eating a well-balanced diet is essential. The wounds should be kept clean and attended to daily if they are severe ; followed by the appropriate medical provider as needed. ...Read more

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Can the body adapt to self injury, so it does not hurt and if so why?

Can the body adapt to self injury, so it does not hurt and if so why?

Cutters: Some people, usually those who have been badly abused as kids, discover that self-inflicted injury gives a sense of control and temporary peace from internal conflict; they report that any pain does not bother them. It's a downward self-destructive cycle; if you know a cutter, encourage them to get mental health care; if there's danger to life or limb call 911. ...Read more

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Answer to my self injury, but could someone tell me the symptoms, how is your daily life and behavior affected by it?

Answer to my self injury, but could someone tell me the symptoms, how is your daily life and behavior affected by it?

Self injury Addictiv: Self injury unfortunately can become addictive and the behavior of the person self injuring becomes very much like that of an addict. Please read the following website which has an excellent review of addictive behavior. www.indiana.edu/~engs/hints/addictiveb.html , also www.Ehow.Com/how_2325526_deal-addictive-behavior-.Html i have found Hydroxyzine to be excellent at blocking the urge to do this. Please discuss with your psychiatrist or family doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I do first aid on self injury?

What type?: You did not disclose what form of self-injury you engage in. ...Read more

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How can I help someone with an addiction to self-injury?

Therapy and meds: You could recommend they see a therapist for psychotherapy, particularly dialectical behavioral therapy (dbt), as well as possible an antidepressant for relief of depression and anxiety. If the depression and anxiety is relieved, often the drive for self injury is reduced or eliminated. You could also read up on borderline personality disorder. ...Read more

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Self injury to face with scissors. Deep scratches. How can I hide these?

Self injury to face with scissors. Deep scratches. How can I hide these?

Self-injury: Hoping that you're receiving help for your self-injuring behavior, first of all. This is very painful and damaging for you, but a good psychologist can assist you in dealing with the causes of this distress as well as your ongoing responses. With the facial injuries, you may need to see a plastic surgeon for the best advice. S/he can assess the injuries & how best to help you with them. ...Read more

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What are signs of depression and self injury?

What are signs of depression and self injury?

Depression is easier: to notice than signs of self injury. With depression, a person becomes more withdrawn, moody, lacks interest in things they loved before, they may lose weight, have no appetite, sleep a lot more or have insomnia. When some1 starts injuring themselves, they tend 2try 2hide it under their clothes. In the summer they might wear long sleeved shirts and pants, in the winter, this could go unnoticed. ...Read more

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Is self-injury really a mental disorder?

Is self-injury really a mental disorder?

Self-injury: Self-injury can be part of several mental disorders -- and goes against health and well-being in all of them. Some choose this method to deal with emotional pain, but it leads to more suffering in the long run. Frequent self-injurers are often dealing with personal trauma and feel this provides some temporary relief. Please work with a psychologist or other mental health professional on this. ...Read more

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How are self-harm and self-injury different?

Self-harm: There are many kinds of self-harm, but not all include physical self-injury. Self-harm is a more inclusive category which might also include sabotaging one's own efforts in school or work, or staying in abusive relationships despite clear evidence that this is dangerous and hurtful. Other behaviors might be ones that harm health, like smoking cigarettes or repeatedly getting drunk. ...Read more

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What would happen if a teacher saw self injury?

Contact parents: Probably alert parents and insist on professional help. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're your views on self injury?

Self-injury: I understand your concern. Life is precious. Self-injury behaviors can be due to depression. At age 40, stresses of relationships, marriage, separation, divorce, parenting, children moving away from home, work, and finances can cause depression with feelings of hopelessness, despair and may lead to self-injury behaviors. Please see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Please describe the most reason cause for self injury?

Depends: Self-injury has many possible causes. These include self-injurious behavior by individuals who suffer from autism, self-injurious behavior from individuals who suffer from excessive emotional stress, self-injurious behavior from individuals who have borderline personality disorder and feel emotionally numb, and self-injurious behavior from failed suicide attempts. ...Read more

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Why an adult starts to self injury? Is it a symptom of some mental illness?"

Why an adult starts to self injury? Is it a symptom of some mental illness?"

Clarification: It does not stand alone as a disorder. It is symptomatic among depressed patients, with Borderline personality disordered people, an attention seeking effort, or part of a social culture in high school. It definitely is always a communication tool. Seek help fro a qualified agency. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more