Usually the behavior does not escalate to suicide and major self-mutilation (including such things as castration, amputation of limbs, enucleation of eyes).
Major self-mutilation occurs most often with psychotic or highly intoxicated individuals and occasionally with institutionalized mentally retarded individuals.
Parents and caregivers should consult a psychiatrist or psychotherapist with professional expertise in self-mutilation as soon as the behavior is discovered.
Some society-wide factors that influence self-mutilation, such as the sexual abuse of children and media portrayals of cutting, are difficult to change.
Mixed in with pages about pop music and horror movies, there are MySpace areas dedicated to endorsing drug use, eating disorders, and self-mutilation.
Their idea of attaining salvation is self-mutilation according to the counsel of perfection implied in Matt.
This decision was communicated to the foreign churches, and seems to have been justified by referring to the self-mutilation of Origen and adducing objectionable doctrines which he was said to have promulgated.
Paphos owes its ancient fame to the cult of the "Paphian goddess" llacNaFavavaa, or 7) IIacaia, in inscriptions, or simply n 8ea), a nature-worship of the same type as the cults of Phoenician Astarte, maintained by a college of orgiastic ministers, practising sensual excess and self-mutilation.'
Under this head fall the following: - Fasting, or abstention from certain meats and drinks; denial of sexual instinct; subjection of the body to physical discomforts, such as nakedness, vigils, sleeping on the bare ground, tattooing, deformation of skull, teeth, feet, &c., vows of silence to be observed throughout life or during pilgrimages, avoidance of baths, of hair-cutting and of clean raiment, living in a cave; actual self-infliction of pain, by scourging, branding, cutting with knives, wearing of hair shirts, fire-walking, burial alive, hanging up of oneself by hooks plunged into the skin, suspension of weights by such hooks to the tenderer parts of the body, self-mutilation and numerous other, often ingenious, modes of torture.
Such customs repose on various superstitions; for example, the self-mutilation of the Galli or priests of Cybele was probably a magical ceremony intended to fertilize the soil and stimulate the crops.
religious prostitution, self-mutilation), which subsequently made their way to centres of Phoenician influence, such as Corinth and Mount Eryx in Sicily.
It is conjectured that the Amazons were originally the temple-servants and priestesses (hierodulae) of this goddess; and that the removal of the breast corresponded with the self-mutilation of the galli, or priests, of Rhea Cybele.
Even in the 'better' zoos, abnormal behavior can be widespread, and include repeated pacing, rocking, vomiting and even self mutilation.
Major self-mutilation is rare and is usually associated with psychotic states.
Self-mutilation is the act of harming oneself by hitting or cutting.
Self-mutilation or injuries to their faces or mouths due to chewing gates or constantly rubbing against the kennel are all clues that a dog is severely stressed.
Repetitive self-mutilation is considered by some experts to be a type of impulse control disorder.
Self-mutilation, also called self-harm, self-injury or cutting, is the intentional destruction of tissue or alteration of the body done without the conscious wish to commit suicide, usually in an attempt to relieve tension.
Self-mutilation has become an increasing problem among adolescents since the 1990s.
Cutting one's skin with razors or knives is the most common pattern of self-mutilation.
Self-mutilation can be episodic (infrequent) or repetitive.
Professional thinking about self-mutilation has evolved over the past 20 years.
Before the 1990s, self-mutilation was often identified as a failed suicide attempt.
As of 2004 self-mutilation was not a specific diagnosis recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.
Some researchers dispute this designation and feel self-mutilation should be a separate diagnosis.
Self-mutilation should not be confused with current fads for tattoos and body piercing.
Like other addictive behaviors, self-mutilation gradually takes more and more destruction to achieve release.
The most common form of self-mutilation, and the one usually seen in adolescents, is impulsive self-mutilation consisting of superficial skin cutting and burning.
Compulsive self-mutilation consists of repetitive hair pulling (trichotillomania), nail biting, and skin picking.
Major self-mutilation is the least frequent form of self-harm.
The symptoms of self-mutilation typically include wearing long-sleeved or baggy clothing, even in hot weather, and an unusual need for privacy.
Self-mutilation is usually diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychotherapist upon referral from a family member, physician, nurse, or social worker who has noticed scars, bruises, or other physical evidence of self-injury.
Although there are no medications specifically for self-mutilation, antidepressants are often given, particularly if the patient meets the diagnostic criteria for a depressive disorder.
Parents should be alert to Internet sites and movies that promote and/or glorify self-mutilation as a way to cope with problems.
Patients with dissociative disorders have a high rate of self-mutilation.
Strong, Marilee, et al. A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain.
Cutting and Self-Mutilation: When Teens Injure Themselves.
Self-mutilation or suicidal threats may be used to get attention or manipulate others.
They also are indicative of a psychology of self-mutilation, defiance, independence, and belonging, as for example in prison or gang cultures.
Behavioral symptoms include temper tantrums, crying, angry outbursts, and threats to hurt themselves (self-mutilation).
Self-mutilation or "cutting" is the basis of a much deeper psychological problem.
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