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What are the behaviors of people who engage in self-injury?

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

  • Cutting
  • Burning (or "branding" with hot objects)
  • Excessive body piercing or tattooing
  • Picking at skin or re-opening wounds
  • Hair pulling
  • Head banging
  • Hitting (with hammer or other object)
  • Bone breaking

From: Mental Health and Self-Injury WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: ''Self-Injury in Adolescents.'' 

National Institute of Mental Health: ''Borderline Personality Disorder.''

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: ''Self-Injury in Adolescents.'' 

National Institute of Mental Health: ''Borderline Personality Disorder.''

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

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