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Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

See below: This is a behavioral disorder. It is possible that an autistic child shows some of this symptoms, but they are not exclusive to autism. Please talk to child psychiatrist or psychologist to investigate further. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Is lip biting is a form of self injurious behaviour?

Is lip biting is a form of self injurious behaviour?

Yes & yes...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. It could be classified as dermatophagia, or self-injury in varying degrees. It could also be accidental, inflicted internally or externally. In any case it results in an injury of some degree. ...Read more

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Is biting your lip considered a form of self mutilation?

Is biting your lip considered a form of self mutilation?

No. : Self injurious behavior is repeated self inflicted injury to cause pain to relieve emotional distress or as a sign of self hatred. Biting your lip is usually a sign of nervousness like chewing your nails or cracking your knuckles. ...Read more

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I been biting my self inside the mouth all over and it doesn't hurt have been doing it for years can't seem to stop seem to like the blood. What is it?

I been biting my self inside the mouth all over and it doesn't hurt have been doing it for years can't seem to stop seem to like the blood. What is it?

Bad habit: Whether it is cheek and/or lip biting (like you) or nail biting, hair twirling, or any other habit, people often do these things initially to relieve stress. After a while they can "take a life of their own" and become a habit. Bad habits are hard to break and some people find professional counseling helpful in developing strategies to break a habit. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if nail biting is considered as self mutilation, why isn't cutting your hair?

Can you tell me if nail biting is considered as self mutilation, why isn't cutting your hair?

Symptom of anxiety: If there is a physical enjoyment of the discomfort it causes and a thrill from people looking at the damage then yes, but otherwise it is a sign of unresolved anxiety and generally feeling overwhelmed. I recommend starting a journal, spending an equal amount of time writing your hopes as writing your fears and then talk out these feelings and desires with a counselor or friend. ...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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I have been constantly upset/crying my self to sleep for no reason, lip biting/cheek biting, no motivation, self harmed. HELP

I have been constantly upset/crying my self to sleep for no reason, lip biting/cheek biting, no motivation, self harmed. HELP

Get help now..: You seem quite depressed and need to see a mental health professional right away. Please have a parent or a trusted adult come with you for an initial appointment. Write down all meds you take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco/caffeine use, current stresses and about when you started feeling so negative. Your pcp is a good person to ask for a referral. If you feel suicidal, go to the ER. Please get help. ...Read more

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Is the cure about autism found?

No: Autism is a label used for a pattern of behavioral, social and learning issues that arise from a poorly defined origin. Supportive care helps the kid over his/her lifetime and most see some improvement. However, no one treatment or group of treatments will cure this process.Ongoing research should help us understand what helps the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more