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By Jan Sutton

Skillfully woven including empathic perception into the lives and minds of these who self-injure, "Healing the harm inside" is replete with the most recent advancements within the box, informative statistical information, instructive diagrams, rigorously chosen assets, case stories, specialist tales, and useful self-help actions. The author's heat, compassion, and regard for these stuck within the cycle of self-injury shines during the pages of this profoundly enlightening and greatly up-to-date third variation. "Healing the damage inside" deals: solace, desire, and path to those that self-injure; suggestions to friends and family aiding a friend who self-injures; and, instructions to execs and voluntary caregivers on the way to reply to consumers that self-injure.

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I can feel my body. I know it is there and therefore, that I am there. I have not dissociated for quite a while and I honestly think the tattooing and piercing have played a key part in that. They give me something on my body to focus on. ’ ‘A tattoo or piercing can offer a huge release of whatever is kept inside you. I am always more peaceful after I get work done on my body. I have also covered some of my bigger, uglier scars [from self-injury] with tattoos. ’ ‘I feel that tattoos and piercing can be a healthy, more socially acceptable, and literally therapeutic way to deal with SI and the “need” for someone to feel pain.

Just as society has come to accept that substance misuse, eating disorders, and child abuse are serious problems in our midst, it must open its eyes and heart to the truth about self-injury – that it does exist, that it is a serious problem, and that it causes immeasurable suffering not only to those caught in its clutches, but also to those supporting someone that self-injures. Self-injury isn’t an illness children are born with. It is a behaviour that develops to cope with life’s pressures and ills.

Major self-mutilation Favazza uses the term major self-mutilation to describe the least common forms of self-injury that result in significant damage to body tissue or permanent disfigurement. Examples of this type include removal of an eye, castration, and limb amputation. These acts, which are relatively rare, are frequently linked with psychotic states or severe alcohol misuse. Stereotypic self-mutilation Favazza uses the term stereotypic self-mutilation to describe repetitive self-injurious behaviours often observed in institutionalised individuals with mental impairments, for instance, autism, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome and Tourette’s syndrome.

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