“Non-fatal self-harm is common in young people worldwide.” Self-harm, just in case you aren’t aware, is deliberate harm without suidicidal intention. Often, “self-harm” is characterized as cutting, but there are actually four classifications, according to wikipedia:
|Classification||Examples of Behavior||Degree of Physical Damage||Psychological State||Social Acceptability|
|I||Ear piercing, nail biting, small tattoos, cosmetic surgery (not considered self injury by the majority of the population)||Superficial to mild||Benign||Mostly accepted|
|II||Piercings, saber scars, ritualistic clan scarring, sailor and gang tattoos||Mild to moderate||Benign to agitated||Subculture acceptance|
|III||Wrist or body cutting, self-inflicted cigarette burns and tattoos, wound excoriation||Mild to moderate||Psychic crisis||Accepted by some subgroups but not by the general population|
|IV||Autocastration, self-enucleation, amputation||Severe||Psychotic decompensation||Unacceptable|
Well, obviously 99% of the US population are self-mutilators, as ear piercing and tattoos are included. But I think the most known way of self-mutilation is often considered cutting (class III). It’s a coping mechanism, a way to either deflect pain or draw sympathy.
I think there’s an alternative to cutting. Tweezing. It can be compulsive, a way to cope, a way to feel alive.