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Cutting

Self-injury and self-harm are deliberately harming one’s own body to cope with emotional discomfort. It is not intended as suicidality, as the act of self-injury relieves the stressor, temporarily; it can become repetitive, induces shame or hiding, can cause scars and serious injury. Cutting often is done in places (upper thighs, back) that are difficult to discover inadvertently.

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