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amathus

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"Underlying problems of self-injury

Every person is unique and there may be a variety of reasons why someone resorts to self-injury. Some underlying reasons for self-injury include:
◾anxiety,
◾aggression turned towards the self,
◾low-self esteem,
◾major depressive disorder
◾a way to cope with an overwhelming affect,
◾emotional numbness or
◾an attempt to feel something when all feelings are dissociated due to
◾trauma or abuse;
◾an attempt to communicate when something is going terribly wrong but words are out of reach,
◾difficult or rocky relationships with loved ones – if I had to pick a number one reason why people self-injure, I would probably put my money on this one…"

Mihaela Bernard
 
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Isn't there always an underlying problem with low self esteem or aggression turned towards the self? I thought the others were mostly masking effects, that when they show up they expose the underlying issue... I could be wrong, maybe someone can explain?
 
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Thanks for the thread Amathus, I think the reasons for self harm are very unique to ourselves similar to a key fitting a lock.

I can recognise a couple of my reasons on the list.
 
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