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us: Cutting (Self-mutilation)


  • Here are entered works on behaviors by which individuals, usually adolescents, cut themselves as a means of self-injury, but not as a suicide attempt.

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    • found: Work cat.: Cutting, via TeensHealth Web site, viewed Apr. 26, 2008 (Injuring yourself on purpose by making scratches or cuts on your body with a sharp object--enough to break the skin and make it bleed--is called cutting. Cutting is a type of self-injury, or SI. Most people who cut are girls, but guys self-injure, too. ... People may cut themselves on their wrists, arms, legs, or bellies. Some people self-injure by burning their skin with the end of a cigarette or lighted match.)
    • found: Self-injury/cutting, via Mayo Clinic Web site, viewed Apr. 26, 2008 (for people who injure themselves by cutting or other means, self-injury offers a momentary sense of calm and a release of tension; self-injury is most commonly associated with cutting, which involves making cuts or scratches on your body; there are many types of self-injury besides cutting, including: burning; poisoning or overdosing; scratching; carving words or symbols on the skin; breaking bones; hitting or punching; piercing the skin with sharp objects; head banging; pulling out hair; interfering with would healing; pinching; biting)
    • found: Davis, J.L. Cutting & self-harm : warning signs and treatment,via WebMD Web site, viewed Apr. 26, 2008 (Cutting is a form of self-injury--the person is literally making small cuts on his or her body, usually the arms and legs. ... Very often, kids who self-harm have an eating disorder. ... Self-injury can also be a symptom for psychiatric problems like borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)
    • found: LC database, May 2, 2008 (cutting; cutting and self-harm; self-mutilation and cutting)
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    • Here are entered works on behaviors by which individuals, usually adolescents, cut themselves as a means of self-injury, but not as a suicide attempt.
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    • 2008-04-29: new
    • 2008-06-20: revised
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