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Teens that Self- Mutilate. Nicole Clark. What is it? . Self-mutilation refers to intentional, non lethal, repetitive bodily harm that is socially unacceptable Examples: cutting, carving, burning, preventing wounds from healing

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What is it
What is it?

  • Self-mutilation refers to intentional, non lethal, repetitive bodily harm that is socially unacceptable

    • Examples: cutting, carving, burning, preventing wounds from healing

    • This behavior commonly occurs in students that are suffering from bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia

    • Bauman, S. (2008). Essential Topics for the Helping Professional. Boston, MA: Pearson


Numbers
Numbers

  • 150,000 to 360,000 students nationwide will exhibit self injurious behaviors

  • About 70% of these students are Female

  • These behaviors can occur in late childhood or early teens and last up to 15 to 20 years.

  • Lieberman, R. (2004, March). Understanding and responding to students who self-mutilate. Principal Leadership Magazine, 4(7).


What to do if you suspect these behaviors
What to do if you suspect these behaviors?

  • Immediately let counselors and appropriate administration know about your concern for the student’s safety

  • Make sure that you are following proper protocol in your school before taking any action.


Common misconceptions
Common Misconceptions

  • Self-mutilation is a sign of teens that are struggling with something

  • HOWEVER! This is not considered to be a suicide attempt

  • These teens typically seek to end or get rid or overwhelming feelings or emotions, but not to end their life


Helpful websites
Helpful Websites

  • http://www.selfinjury.com/

  • http://www.troubledteen101.com/articles48.html

  • http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-health/teen-self-mutilation-defined.html

  • http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_i/i-104.pdf

  • http://www.livescience.com/11043-teens-hurt-science-injury.html

  • http://www.empowher.com/self-mutilation/content/self-mutilation-teens-cutting-their-skin


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