Self-mutilation is the deliberate, direct destruction or alteration of one’s body without suicidal intent. It is meant to be a way of coping with one’s emotions and to calm the hatred and rage within oneself. Before recent studies, it was thought to be a crazy, masochist act and although self-mutilators tend to have some psychological disorders they are no longer considered crazy. Due to these recent studies, there are also many ways to help stop and overcome self-mutilation. The average self-mutilator has two goals. One being that their acts of self-harm are kept a secret because they feel no one would understand and people would just label them as crazy. The second goal is to have control of themselves. “It’s a way to have control over
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It relieves and relaxes them. Another form of mild self-harm is burning. The use of lighters, matches, cigarettes, hair- dryers, or just any types of hot objects are involved. The burns turn into blisters and self- mutilators tend to pop the blisters to interfere with the healing process. Scratching is also considered a type of self-harm. Self-harmers do not scratch at their skin as other people do when they have an itch. They scratch severely to break their skin and possibly bleed. They also scratch at scabs to intervene in the healing process. Head-banging has also become a common way to self-harm. It is self-explanatory what this type of self-harm is. Basically, they bang their heads against walls and any other hard objects found to stop or “kill” their thoughts and to relieve stress.They also bruise themselves, either by running into objects, hitting themselves, or any other thing they can to mark their bodies. Hurting themselves seems like the right thing to do because they feel they deserve the pain. After a while though, what use to cause them pain no longer is enough and that is when they take drastic measures.
Common extreme forms of self-harm consist of poisoning and bone-breaking. They swallow poisonous substances or an unhealthy amount of pills that mess with their inner organs and organ systems. Bone-breaking consist of the same process of bruising in the way that they run into objects and hit themselves, except that they