Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm is the deliberate infliction of damage to your own body and includes cutting, burning, and other forms of injury. While cutting can look like attempted suicide, it's often not; most people who mutilate themselves do it as a way to regulate mood. People who hurt themselves in this way may be motivated by a need to distract themselves from inner turmoil or to quickly release anxiety that builds due to an inability to express intense emotions.

Recent posts on Self-Harm

K. Ramsland

Dangerous Things Kids Do

Adolescents seek out novelty and excitement as they explore their sense of identity, which leaves them vulnerable to dangerous trends and people.

10 Ways to Cope With Life's Unpleasant Tasks

Life often presents us with tasks that we’d rather not have to tackle. When faced with the inevitable, new research suggests how to make the whole process that much easier.

What Was Jerry Garcia's Addiction?

By Stanton Peele on June 01, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are portrayed in the more than four-hour documentary, Love Strange Trip, representing the intricate connections of their music and lives.

13 Reasons Why

Have your heard warnings about "13 Reasons Why?" Get the basics about how clinical depression is diagnosed.

Fell on Black Days: Mourning the Suicide of Chris Cornell

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Reflections on suicide, celebrity, and selfishness
Christian Sterk

Hidden Faces

It seems counterintuitive: sadness in the spring as flowers bloom and temperatures rise.

Religious Self-Harm

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in In Excess
Some masochistic behaviours including self-flagellation have religious (rather than sexual) motivations. But what are the psychological reasons that motivate such behavior?

Addict Cleans Up, Then Is Shunned by Family

Addiction is in the news again, and everyone wants to believe it's caused mostly by genetics. But a letter to a newspaper advice columnist reveals hidden family dynamics.

Physician Health 101

It is estimated that a doctor a day dies by suicide in the United States. There is a lot we can do to fight this.

Breaking Through to a Suicidal Mind

Des-pair = Feeling unpaired with a reason to live.
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Having to Hit Bottom Before You Change Is Often a Fallacy

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Relationship Boot Camp
Most struggle with behaviors which are self sabotage

Self-Injury Mortality: A Deadly Crisis

The number of deaths resulting from self-injury is staggering and growing. Over 70% of these deaths occur in people less than 55 years old.
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Ten Commandments for Those Considering Violence

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 12, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Isn't it time we told potential workplace and school violence perpetrators to stop?

Behind the Smoke-Screen of Vaping: E-Cigarettes

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on February 03, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Electronic cigarettes have become big business throughout the U.S. and worldwide. What do we really know about the safety of these products?

Allergies and Self-injury

By Emily Deans M.D. on December 31, 2016 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
Both suicide and self-harm have seasonal peaks, with highest rates in the springtime. Pollen may be one of the environmental factors accounting for this link.

Physician, Heal Thyself

By Haider Warraich M.D. on December 22, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
A million Americans lose their doctors to suicide. How can we mitigate this silent epidemic?

Help! My Child Is Injuring Himself

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in Raising Parents
What can I do to help my child who is intentionally injuring himself?

The BS Reducing Diet

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Ambigamy
Admit it, we all binge on BS, even though it can make us fatheads. Then go on a sustainable diet to reduce your intake for your own sake. Here are six times for BS dieting.
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An Odd Suicide

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 28, 2016 in Fighting Fear
A major depression can overcome someone within a matter of days. Suicide, which is sometimes a consequence of such an illness, can occur seemingly for no reason, suddenly.

Remote Northwest Territories Lacking Mental Health Care

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Lack of access to staff, resources, and community-based treatments impede adequate treatment and prevention strategies in the Northwest Territories.
Dora Calott Wang

Suicide is Preventable, Menninger Clinic President Says

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on November 15, 2016 in The Kitchen Shrink
Want to Prevent Suicide? Just Set the Goal of Zero Suicides.

Instagram Takes on Suicide Prevention

A few years ago, it was acceptable to assert that social media wasn’t real life. Now, with social media dictating real life, the lines are completely blurred.

Are Americans Really Becoming Less Religious?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Are Americans becoming more secular or just finding new ways to explore spiritual questions and beliefs?

High School Dating Abuse

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 20, 2016 in Cravings
Recognize the signs and learn what to do about this all-too-common behavior among teens.

Kids Who Cut

By Janis Whitlock MPH, PhD on October 20, 2016 in Youth and Consequences
American youth are stressed. Non-suicidal self-injury is one response to stress that’s common among adolescents and young adults. To prepare adults, training programs are emerging.
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Self-Injury: 4 Reasons People Cut and What to Do

Far from affecting only the stereotype of the angsty teenage girl with piercings and eyeliner, self-harm affects people of all ages, genders, and walks of life.
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BDSM as Harm Reduction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Research indicates that BDSM behavior can be used as a harm reduction intervention to provide positive mental health benefits.

A Brief Look at Medical Student Syndrome

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in In Excess
There is some empirical evidence that some particular sub-groups of people appear to suffer hypochondria-related disorders relating to the medical conditions they are studying

"Daddy, Can I Die and Make the Pain Stop?"

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on September 22, 2016 in The Older Dad
Some young children think about suicide, but adults often never hear the cry for help.
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Why the Sex Addiction Model Is Not a Humanistic Approach

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Plenty of evidence suggests that harm reduction psychotherapy provides a more humanistic alternative to sex addiction treatment.