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Self-Harm



Self-harm describes any act where a person deliberately and intentionally injures themselves, usually without suicidal intent. It can take many forms, such as cutting, burning, punching, or bruising. Sometimes this is an attempt to get help or attention, sometimes an effort to feel something—anything—instead of being dissociated, and sometimes people self-harm to gain a sense of power or self-control. With attention and guidance, it is possible to replace these harmful habits and desires with much more effective coping strategies.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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Demi Lovato Talks About Cutting Herself

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Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation

Nearly a decade ago, Cutting boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder now affecting as many as two million Americans and one in fifty adolescents.

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Self-Injury/Cutting

Nonsuicidal self-injury, often simply called self-injury, is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. It's typically not meant as a suicide attempt.

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FindCenterIf someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.

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13 Things People Who Self-Harm Want You to Know

Self-harm is common in young people with depression and anxiety but it also affects people of all ages. So what is self-harm? Self-harm also known as self injury is deliberately hurting your own body, such as cutting or burning, in a way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger or frustrations.

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A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain

Self-mutilation is a behavior so shocking that it is almost never discussed. Yet estimates are that upwards of eight million Americans are chronic self-injurers. They are people who use knives, razor blades, or broken glass to cut themselves.

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The Truth About Self-Harm

This booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.

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FindCenterReject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

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Why Do People Cut Themselves?

Depression is a terrible psychological condition. Some reports claim saying nearly one in 12 teenagers harm themselves! Laci looks to find out why.

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Inside a Cutter’s Mind: Understanding and Helping Those Who Self-Injure

Cutting is a practice that has crossed age and gender lines. It's not just depressed teens who inflict injury on themselves--it can be anyone dealing with overwhelming feelings. This book explores the complex issue of cutting without offering any pat or simple fixes.

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WHAT MIGHT HELP

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The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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