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It affects all different kinds of people with all different backgrounds in all different social classes Publication pending reported that 51 per cent of secondary school students surveyed in Victoria reported having deliberately harmed themselves The Western Australian Child Health Survey found similar rates of self-harm with 75 per cent of young people 12 to 16 years reporting that they had tried to harm themselves in the previous six months Self-injury is a self-preservation technique for many cutters the self-mutilation relieves anxiety and or depersonalization symptoms which could lead to psychosis or suicide if not alleviated Self-harming can be reassuring and calming it can give a person a feeling of control over their lives and of their bodies which they cannot experience in any other way Its relief through release Most people Self-Injure to relieve some unpleasant emotion ranging from anxiety to depression Studies have suggested that when people who self-injure get emotionally overwhelmed an act of self-harm brings their levels of psychological and physiological tension and arousal back to a bearable baseline level almost immediately Hurting themselves makes them feel something where they otherwise feel numb to the world around them Others self-injure to translate mental or intangible pain into understandable pain Some people deal with extremely painful memories or thoughts by deflecting the distress into pain that seems acceptable and controllable like that of self-injury Self-Injury is seductive because you control it yourself The first time I self- injured was only just for fun its was to show that I was strong and not afraid As the sewing pin pierced into my flesh of the left wrist it was deeply dragged into the shape of a small heart I pressed hard against the wound to stop the blood from oozing out onto my school dress and waited till it had stopped flowing There I licked my right thumb and tasted the metallic rush that made you twinge I
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