Self mutilation is something that many people do not understand. People tend to look
down on or think badly of people who do this. They may believe that these actions are
simply to get attention or that it is a way of manipulating people. But, in reality these
thoughts are very wrong. So many self mutilators will suffer in silence either unable to
express these problems with others or often for the fear of being ridiculed or
misunderstood by their peers. Self injury is also known as self abuse, deliberate self harm,
self mutilation as well as parasuicidal behavior.
More extensive study has been done since 1984 on understanding and identifying
the three components of self harming acts; directness, lethality and repetition.
Directness refers to how intentional the act of mutilation was and whether the was
done during a period of time that the person of fully aware of what they were doing and
the harmful effects that it had as well.
Lethality is the likeliness of suicide being
committed during these acts and Repetion is the understanding of whether the act of doing
repeatedly over a period of time.
Self mutilation have many facets that are usually not understood by many people
and those that understand it are those in the medical field that have studied, counseled or
have studies this mental health problem. Self mutilations usually surface especially in
females between the ages of 16 and 25. Their are so many different reasons that someone
may turn to self mutilation but to name a few of the most prevalent I would have to say
are to escape from their emptiness and depression trying to ease the tensions in their
everyday lives, relieving anger and trying to escape the numbness that they are suffering