What is self-injury? Why would people deliberately hurt themselves? Why can’t they stop? What can I do to help? These question are asked and answered in Secret Scars, a revealing look at the addiction of self-injury. Self-injury is one of the fastest growing health problems among teenage girls today. Despite its prevalence, however, self-injury remains a behavior shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. Secret Scars is a grounbreaking book that demystifies self-injury by explaining it as an addiction.
Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers
Written by the directors of S.A.F.E. Alternatives, a self-injury treatment program, “Bodily Harm” is an authoritative examination of this alarming syndrome, offering a comprehensive treatment regimen.
Bodies Under Siege: Self Mutilation and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry
University of Missouri, Columbia. Second edition of a presentation of the author’s theory on the acts of self-mutilation, for therapists. Previous edition 1987. Discusses the relationship between the act of self-injury and self-healing.
Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation
The author of the seminal and groundbreaking Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa now explains the phenomena of self-mutilation, a disorder that affects as many as two million Americans. Cutting takes the reader through the psychological experience of the person who seeks relief from mental pain and anguish in self-inflicted physical pain. Steven Levenkron traces the components that predispose a personality to becoming a self-mutilator: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behavior. Written for the self-mutilator, parents, friends, and therapists, Levenkron explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviors and, most of all, describes how the self-mutilator can be helped.
They cut their arms and legs with knives and razors; scratch at their skin; burn, bruise, or stick themselves with cigarettes, hammers, pins, and other objects; bang their heads and limbs; and break their own bones. Although women who live with self-injury have recently gained recognition in the media, they have, as a result, become even more stigmatized.
As a young girl, Kettlewell discovered that the only way to find relief from overpowering feelings of self-consciousness and alienation was to physically harm herself. She has become the first person to tell her own story in a book about living with and overcoming the disorder known as cutting.
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