Tag Archives: Self-Harm


Group Therapy for Patients Who Self-Harm: Does it Work?

Hello. My name is Dr. Robert Findling. I’m Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospital at Case Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. In today’s posting, I’ll be talking about a treatment study that was conducted in a group of teenagers who were […]

Self-Injury: A Disturbing New Teen Trend

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a disturbing new trend among adolescents today – cutting. More specifically, recent research has revealed that a surprisingly high proportion of adolescents engage in what researchers call “nonsuicidal self-injury” or NSSI. Recent data indicate that approximately 7% of middle school youth, 15% of high school students, and almost one […]

Hurts so good — neural clues to the calming effects of self-harm

The notion that cutting or burning oneself could provide relief from emotional distress is difficult to understand for most people, but it is an experience reported commonly among people who compulsively hurt themselves. Individuals with borderline personality disorder experience intense emotions and often show a deficiency of emotion regulation skills. This group of people also […]

Adolescents who self-harm: How to protect them from themselves

Adolescents who self-harm: How to protect them from themselves Josh, age 16, gets poor grades in school and occasionally smokes marijuana and abuses inhalants. After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he cuts his wrist with a hunting knife. While bleeding profusely, Josh calls his mother at work, who calls 911. The cut is deep […]

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