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Self-mutilation

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by Alan R

(Self-injury; Self-harm)

 

Causes

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
Brain
Self-mutilation is often associated with psychiatric disorders that may be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.
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RESOURCES

American Psychological Association
http://www.apa.org

Mental Health America
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Mental Health Center
http://www.cmha.ca

Canadian Psychological Association
http://www.cpa.ca

 

References


National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. Self-harm: the short-term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence website. Available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG016NICEguideline.pdf. Updated July 2004. Accessed July 29, 2013.


Self-injury in adolescents. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website. Available at: http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families%5Fand%5FYouth/Facts%5Ffor%5FFamilies/Facts%5Ffor%5FFamilies%5FPages/Self%5FInjury%5FIn%5FAdolescents%5F73.aspx. Updated December 2009. Accessed July 29, 2013.


Slee N, Garnefski N, et al. Cognitive-behavioral intervention for self-harm: randomized controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry. 2008;192:202-211.


Taiminin T, Kallio-Soukainen K, et al. Contagion of deliberate self-harm among adolescent inpatients. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1998;37:211.

 

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