Self-cutting has become a highlighted topic within the American media, as well as a growing concern for parents.
Larry Brown, MD, an expert on adolescent risk behaviors and self-mutilation, as well as a researcher for the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, offers information about this destructive practice.
Why do adolescents self-cut?
Is there a particular age or catalyst for self-cutting?
Do self-cutters tend to fit a "profile"?
What warning signs can parents look for in a child that is or will self-cut?
Does self-cutting often accompany other psychological manifestations?
Is self-cutting always a sign of a deeper issue?
What kind of gratification do self-cutters receive when they injure themselves and how do they generally feel afterwards?
Can you explain why self-cutting is psychologically damaging?
Where can parents or adolescents who self-cut get help?
What does the treatment for self-cutting usually entail and is it usually successful?
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