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Self-harm is a growing and troubling trend Its a frightening disorder most common among women where hurt and alienation are expressed by injuring oneself There are several kinds of self-harm Self-mutilation and various eating disorders are among the most common forms of self-destruction These forms of self-harm often lead to suicide There are three types of self-mutilation The rarest and most extreme form is Major self-mutilation This form usually results in permanent disfigurement such as castration or limb amputation Another form is Stereo-typical self-mutilation This usually consists of head banging eyeball pressing and biting The third and most common form is Superficial self-mutilation This involves cutting burning hair pulling bone breaking hitting interference with wound healing and basically anything that causes harm to oneself Its almost unimaginable that one would inflict injury upon oneself However cutting burning slashing stabbing and bruising occurs while apparently no physical pain is felt As many as three million Americans are believed to be suffering from this psychiatric disorder Simpson The very nature of this problem is shrouded in secrecy It is no surprise that it has taken some time for people to get wise to this growing problem There are several different theories as to why one engages in such behavior One popular theory is that its a control issue There are also several reasons for a need for control For instance when children are abused they are in a situation of no control Their abusers can hurt them at anytime and the children are largely powerless to stop it When the child grows older and is faced with stressful situations it is easy to feel out of control There is often a strong desire or expectation for pain because pain is associated with stress in that persons mind People who have had these associations forced upon them frequently cut themselves because it satisfies a psycho-logical desire for pain Not only is the desire for pain fulfilled but
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