(Self-injury; Self-harm)


Self-mutilation or self-injury is any form of self-harm inflicted on your body without the intent to commit suicide.


Self-mutilation may be caused by associated psychological problems. Self-mutilation may be done to release emotional pain, anger, or anxiety . It may also be done to rebel against authority, flirt with risk-taking, or feel in control. In some cases, the behavior is outside your emotional control and related to a neurological or metabolic disorder.
Brain—Psychological Organ
Self-mutilation is often associated with psychiatric disorders that may be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.
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Risk Factors

Self-mutilation is more common in females and adolescents. Other factors that may increase your chance of self-mutilation include:It can also be associated with neurologic or metabolic disorders such as:

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