Self Mutilation

You are NOT alone!


Definition- To Inflict wounds on one's own body. It usaully starts in early adolesence.


  • Cutting
  • Burning

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Some causes of self-mutilation are:

  • Person has a hard understanding emotions
  • Person has feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, anxiety, anger, guilt, rejection, self-hatred, and confused sexuality

It is also associated with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.


Effects on your health:

  • Scars
  • Loss of feeling in limbs


Steps to Recovery

One of the most effective ways to recovery is to use coping tips and distractions to deal with urges. If you haven't done so already, confiding in someone such as a doctor or a counselor, can help you to reflect on thinkings more objectively. Knowing that person is there to support you through a difficult time can be a real comfort.

How to Get Help

There several hotlines to call

  • Timberline Knolls Residental Treatment Center (877)257-9612

Talk to a friend, trusted adult, or counsler.


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