Repetitive Self-Mutilation

Repetitive Self-Mutilation

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Repetitive self-mutilation, also known as self-harm 1 Suyemoto K. L. (1998). The functions of self-mutilation. Clinical psychology review, 18(5), 531–554. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0272-7358(97)00105-0 or self-injury, refers to the deliberate and recurrent acts of physically hurting oneself without intending to end one’s life. It is a distressing behavior often associated with underlying emotional pain, psychological distress, or attempts to cope with overwhelming emotions. 

Common forms of 2 Lewis, S. P., & Heath, N. L. (2013). Nonsuicidal self-injury. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l’Association medicale canadienne, 185(6), 505. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.120969 self-mutilation include:

  • Cutting [Read More]
  • Burning
  • Scratching
  • Hitting oneself

It is important to note that repetitive self-mutilation is neither a healthy nor effective coping mechanism, and self-mutilation can have profound and lasting effects on an individual’s mental health.

Those who engage in repetitive self-mutilation often experience a range of other associated mental health conditions 3 Hawton, K., Saunders, K., Topiwala, A., & Haw, C. (2013). Psychiatric disorders in patients presenting to hospital following self-harm: a systematic review. Journal of affective disorders, 151(3), 821–830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2013.08.020 , such as depression, personality disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorders, etc. It is crucial for individuals engaging in self-mutilation to seek professional help and support to address the underlying causes and develop healthier coping strategies.

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References:

  • 1
     Suyemoto K. L. (1998). The functions of self-mutilation. Clinical psychology review, 18(5), 531–554. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0272-7358(97)00105-0
  • 2
     Lewis, S. P., & Heath, N. L. (2013). Nonsuicidal self-injury. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l’Association medicale canadienne, 185(6), 505. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.120969
  • 3
    Hawton, K., Saunders, K., Topiwala, A., & Haw, C. (2013). Psychiatric disorders in patients presenting to hospital following self-harm: a systematic review. Journal of affective disorders, 151(3), 821–830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2013.08.020
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