Self Harm Quotes (134 quotes)
What are Self-Harm Behaviors? Kati Morton on Self-Injury, Cutting, Burning, Banging Head & therapy
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Self-harm , also known as self-injury , is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue , done without the intent to commit suicide. Other forms include behaviour such as burning, scratching, or hitting body parts. While older definitions included behaviour such as interfering with wound healing, excessive skin picking dermatillomania , hair pulling trichotillomania and the ingestion of toxic substances or objects as self-harm,    in current terminology those are differentiated from the term self-harm. Behaviours associated with substance abuse and eating disorders are not considered self-harm because the resulting tissue damage is ordinarily an unintentional side effect. The desire to self-harm is a common symptom of some personality disorders.
I am an adult who self-harms. I started at the ripe age of 20, but the media would rather you believe I started at 13 as a result of peer pressure, or an ever-increasing fad amongst a group of kids who dressed exclusively in black. They would like you to believe I got the idea from TV shows and gothic music. I write this now to explain that self-harm is not a passing trend, and that it is not at all a modern occurrence. There is not a single, clearly defined reason why people turn to self-harm. Instead there are a multitude of feelings and desires and experiences. I will however, take you on a walkthrough of my very first cut, and beyond that I hope to spread a little understanding and most of all compassion.
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. Rather, this type of self-injury is a harmful way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. While self-injury may bring a momentary sense of calm and a release of tension, it's usually followed by guilt and shame and the return of painful emotions. Although life-threatening injuries are usually not intended, with self-injury comes the possibility of more-serious and even fatal self-aggressive actions.