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by Alan R

(Self-injury; Self-harm)



Self-mutilation may be caused by associated psychological problems. Self-mutilation may be done to release emotional pain, anger, or anxiety. It may also be done to rebel against authority, flirt with risk-taking, or feel in control. In some cases, the behavior is outside your emotional control, and related to a neurological or metabolic disorder.
Brain—Psychological Organ
Self-mutilation is often associated with psychiatric disorders that may be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.
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American Psychological Association

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Canadian Mental Health Center

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