May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Mental Health Post a Day in May – May 18 – Self Injurious Behavior

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The world threw me a curve ball and I got behind on re-blogging. I know someone very near and dear who struggled with this. Sometimes she still makes fists so tight as to draw blood and will scratch herself. Hopelessness is watching this flawed coping mechanism.

My Loud Bipolar Whispers

Please read my blog post titled “Self Injurious Behavior – I did That”

Self-injury (Cutting, Self-Harm or Self-Mutilation)

Self-injury, also known as self-harm, self-mutilation, or self-abuse occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly harms herself/himself in a way that is impulsive and not intended to be lethal.

The most common methods are:

  • Skin cutting (70-90%),
  • Head banging or hitting (21%-44%), and
  • Burning (15%-35%)

Other forms of self-injury include:

  • excessive scratching to the point of drawing blood
  • punching self or objects
  • infecting oneself
  • inserting objects into body openings
  • drinking something harmful (like bleach or detergent)
  • breaking bones purposefully
  • Most individuals who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) hurt themselves in more than one way.

How Common is Self-Injury?

  • Research indicates that self-injury occurs in approximately as many as 4% of adults in the United States.
  • Rates are higher among adolescents, who seem to be at an increased risk for self-injury, with approximately 15%…

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