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What is self-injury?

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Self-injury, also called self-harm or self-mutilation, is defined as any intentional injury to one's own body. Usually, it leaves marks or causes tissue damage. Self-injury can involve:

  • Cutting
  • Burning (or "branding" with hot objects)
  • Picking at skin or reopening wounds
  • Hair-pulling (trichotillomania)
  • Head-banging
  • Hitting (with hammer or other object)
  • Bone-breaking

From: Self-Injury WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 18, 2020

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 18, 2020

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