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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Self Mutilation (Overview)

Cutting or picking of skin, pulling out hair, excessive body piercing are some examples of self mutilation.


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What is the most common cause for self mutilation/cutting?

What is the most common cause for self mutilation/cutting?

Coping: There is no single cause for self-mutilating behavior. Generally, self-cutting is usually the result of an inability to cope in healthy ways with deep psychological distress. Some people have a hard time understanding, expressing, or managing their emotions. Cutting distracts them from these painful emotions and gives them a sense of control (albeit a false one). Talk to your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
89 doctors shared insights

Self Mutilation (Overview)

Cutting or picking of skin, pulling out hair, excessive body piercing are some examples of self mutilation.


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How come teens get addicted to self-mutilation?

How come teens get addicted to self-mutilation?

Endorphins: Self-mutilation is often a way to feel better and deal with painful thoughts, feelings, or memories. Self-mutilation likely releases endorphins in the brain. These endorphins feel good and stimulate the pleasure-reward pathway, which reinforces the continuing self-mutilation. Some clinicians prescribe naltrexone, which blocks the good feelings from endorphins and may help break the cycle. ...Read more

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Improving Self Esteem (Checklist)

Read self-help articles on self esteem
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Make a gratefulness journal. Add to it.
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Are there long term care facilities for patients with self mutilation i.E. To help recovering cutters?

Are there  long term care facilities for patients with self mutilation i.E. To help recovering cutters?

See below: Programs and criteria for admission will vary by state. I would suggest to start by going to the websites below -- they provide phone numbers and will serve as a starting point. http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/ http://www.Nami.Org good luck! ...Read more

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How can I get rid of self-mutilation?

How can I get rid of self-mutilation?

Others have done it: and so can you. Please see a mental health professional who has experience in that area. Your local state psychological association can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is self mutilation?

See below: Self-mutilation(self-harm) is where a person deliberately hurts him/herself. The suicidal intent doesn't have to be present when self-mutilation. Self-mutilation includes cutting, burning, self-poisoning, etc. ...Read more

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How do I get help for self-mutilation?

How do I get help for self-mutilation?

Help for Self-injury: Please do consult a psychiatrist or psychotherapist -- it's essential to connect with someone you can work with over time. Oftentimes people who self-mutilate have histories of traumatic experiences that need to be dealt with. Doing so requires ongoing trust, as does developing less harmful ways of handling painful emotions. I hope you have a helpful friend or family member in your life too. ...Read more

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What are some alternative to self mutilation?

What are some alternative to self mutilation?

Get help: There is not a simple solution to overcoming Self mutilation. Find a therapist who specializes in self mutilation working on overcoming the symptoms. You may want to consult with a psychiatrist about medication as well. . Behavioral techniques can be helpful in combination with insight oriented work. Good luck, but it will take time, don't be discouraged. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause for self mutilation/cutting?

Coping: There is no single cause for self-mutilating behavior. Generally, self-cutting is usually the result of an inability to cope in healthy ways with deep psychological distress. Some people have a hard time understanding, expressing, or managing their emotions. Cutting distracts them from these painful emotions and gives them a sense of control (albeit a false one). Talk to your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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What is the pleasure in self-mutilation?

Maybe...: Maybe thinking about it in a different way than just "seeking pleasure" may help. People do things for a lot of different reasons. Self-mutilation (by this i assume you mean "cutting") is not different. Self-mutilation may help a person feel more in control of their feelings or emotion, or meet some other perceived need that the person has. ...Read more

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Alive. What is the pleasure in self-mutilation?

Numbness: It takes away the distorted feeling of numbness. Better to feel pain than nothing. ...Read more

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Why are some teens getting into self mutilation?

Personality: There are problems ranging from body image to borderline personalities who only feel something when the do this this can be a seious sign of illness. ...Read more

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How some people get addicted to self-mutilation?

How some people get addicted to self-mutilation?

It fills a need.: Someone who feels empty inside may cut to feel "something". Someone who is hurting emotionally may cut so that the physical pain will distract them. Some cut to punish themselves. One may cut in the belief that they will let out negativity or evil. ...Read more

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Body art in teens, is it self mutilation or expression?

Depends: Is punk rock fine music or just noise? Is sushi fine dining or just uncooked/raw fish? It is all about your perspective. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of self-mutilation?

Others have done it: and so can you. Please see a mental health professional who has experience in that area. Your local state psychological association can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How come teens get addicted to self-mutilation?

Endorphins: Self-mutilation is often a way to feel better and deal with painful thoughts, feelings, or memories. Self-mutilation likely releases endorphins in the brain. These endorphins feel good and stimulate the pleasure-reward pathway, which reinforces the continuing self-mutilation. Some clinicians prescribe naltrexone, which blocks the good feelings from endorphins and may help break the cycle. ...Read more

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How do I clear up old scars from self mutilation?

Tough one: I would consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to see what could be done to decrease visible scarring. Their recommendations could depend on skin type, location of the scars, and several other factors. ...Read more

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What type of cutting device is typically used by teens for self mutilation/cutting?

Availability: Unfortunately, teens (and adults) in these circumstances will use whatever they find, or think is convenient. If you know of someone who is either contemplating, or actually cutting, it is important that they get the help they need from a mental health professional. Don't be afraid to speak to a friend, parent, teacher or other confidant so that individual can get the help they need. ...Read more

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