Hurting yourself in any way at all. Remarkably similar to eating disorders and substance abuse. Can be a cry for attention, a type of self-punishment or just a way of letting out frustration and depression. No matter what the form or reason, this is a disease and a serious, widespread problem. It is also extremely addictive and leads to downwards spirals of reclusive behavior, guilt and high-risk living.
Self-mutilation can be cutting, head-slamming, wrist banging, scratching, picking, burning, bruising- anything painful.
by carma July 31, 2006
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Self-mutilation is when someone hurts themselves to release some form of pain. Usually cutting, pulling hair, burning, banging etc. Making fun of them is not going to help. Just because you have different ways of coping doesn't mean you should make fun of people that already have problems hating themselves etc. Self-mutilators need help they don't need people picking on them.
Self-mutilation is dangerous. If someone you know is self-mutilating get some kind of help.
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self mutilation (or known as self-injury) is a concept on which many teens have picked up on. whether it be a form of releasing pain, or getting attention. it is scarring many teens in the process.
it is almost any form of the desruction in one's own tissue.
cutting, wrist banging, burning, head banging (against walls), pulling out hair, breaking bones, scratching, amputation or anything of that severity
by chelsea December 11, 2004
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Reasons People Cut:
not able to express emotions
unable to cope
to regain self-control
to ease tension and anxiety
to escape feelings of depression
to relieve anger and aggression
to relieve intense emotional pain
to retaing control over one's body
to escape feelings of numbness

not reasons:
suicide attempt/ wanting to die

always tell a trusted adult or parent if you or someone you know is self-mutilating. this is an unhealthy habit that needs to be treated.many self-mutilators can not stop their behaviors on their own and need professional help.
self-mutilation is an unhealthy practise.
by tiffany April 22, 2004
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harming ones self on purpose.(burning,cutting, pulling hair, hitting, etc) It is NOT an attempt, or even a sign of suicide. It is not only "emo" or goth kds that do it. Many people do. Some people do it because of depression, attention seeking, and many other reasons. It is not a sign of weakness, it is a cry for help! I know, because i used to cut! And saying bad things about us don't make us better...when people cut it can be just for trends, or for deep emotional problems!! SO STOP SAYING IT IS A TREND OR THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO BE HARDCORE!!! THAT WAS THE LAST THING ON MY MIND WHEN I DID IT!!..........stupid fags....
Self mutilation is a serious problem that needs to be payed more attention to.
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The practice of harming oneself (on purpose) in some way. There are many reasons people do this, self-mutilation (or: self harming, self injury, etc) is often linked to depression, high anxiety or self-loathing. If you harm yourself you need to get help, tell a teacher or a parent or look in your phone book for a help line.
Self mutilation is getting more and more poular, especially among teenage girls.
by Scars are forever November 21, 2003
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Hurting yourself on purpose, such as cutting. For some people it's for attention, or the need to feel manipulative, but for most it's because of fdepression. It's a coping mechanism, It helps you deal with strong emotions.
Some people think cutting is suicidal, but it's not.
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