How it can Become an Addiction
History of Self-Mutilation
Biology Behind It
Statistics of Self-Harm
About 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16
In 2014, a 70% increase in 10-14 year olds attending A&E for self-harm related reasons over the preceding 2 years
Girls are thought to be more likely to self-harm than boys, but this could be because boys are more likely to engage in behaviors such as punching a wall
- Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self injury
- 90 percent of people who engage in self harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years
- Nearly 50 percent of those who engage in self injury activities have been sexually abused
- Females comprise 60 percent of those who engage in self injurious behavior
- About 50 percent of those who engage in self mutilation begin around age 14 and carry on into their 20s
- Many of those who self injure report learning how to do so from friends
- Approximately two million cases are reported annually in the U.S.
- Wounds or scars
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Hair loss or bald spots
- Injury caused by overdose or poisoning
Psychological effects include:
- A desire to be alone in order to self-harm or to hide the evidence of self-harm. This often leads to feelings of loneliness.
- Shame and guilt of having self harmed
- The stress and difficulty of having to lie to those around you about the self-injury
- Using self-injury to deal with any emotional stress instead of building positive coping techniques
- An overwhelming desire to self-injure to the point where it feels like you can no longer control the behavior
- Low self-esteem and self-hatred
Cutting is not the only form of self-injury. Things like starving, overeating, drinking too much, risk-taking, smoking and many others are also types of ‘self-harm’. Some coping methods (like burying yourself in work) may be more acceptable, but can still be harmful.
Why I Chose Self-Harm
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