A 41-year-old member asked:
Could scratching count as self harm?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes: Yes, scratches count as self harming. Self harming can be anything when causing damage to your body. Whether it hurts or not. Other forms cutting, scratching, hitting, bursing.Cutting with object, biting.
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Clinical Psychology 9 years experience
What's the goal?: There are a number of types of injury, but it's really about the purpose of the behaviors. If the intent is to harm one's self then pretty much anything can be considered.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Is scratching myself considered a form of self harm?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
DEPENDS: A little scratch for a little itch is nothing to be bothered about. Scratching that irritates the skin or draws blood is something else. Seek out the cause of the scratching - physical or mental. Start with yr dr. Could be anything from allergies to a dissociative disorder. Check it out with those who search for the causes.
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Last updated Aug 1, 2016
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