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Understanding self mutilation and self harm.

Should Self Mutilation be considered a Suicidal Act?

Although all behavior that causes tissues damage should be assessed for lethality, the intent of self-mutilating (self-injurious or self-harm) behavior is one of reaffirming life. So no, it is not a suicidal act and the person should not be treated as if they had attempted to end their life. Adolescents and adults who self-injure generally do not have the words to express the emotions that underlie the behavior. “Cutting” is an active way for them to express their emotions visually. Cutting also, by its very nature communicates a very profound anger. It may also convey self-hatred, but the self-mutilation does not equate with permanent self-destruction.

 

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