Self-mutilation refers to any form of intentional violence that can cause injury to the self, including cutting and suicide. Other forms of intentional self-injury may include head-banging, self-biting or self-scratching.
Adolescents have the highest rates of self-harm, with around 15% of teenagers reporting some form of self-injury. Some studies also note a higher rate among college students, in particular.
Children and adolescents with developmental disabilities are more likely to engage in acts of self-mutilation. Additionally, those with depression, anxiety and conduct disorders have a higher chance of self-mutilation and suicidal ideation. Though those who engage in non-suicidal self-injury don’t intend to complete suicide, it is possible that they could cause more harm than intended, resulting in medical complications or death.
Mental health services are offered for children from birth through age 24 and their families at all three sites of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. These services include comprehensive evaluation, an individually tailored treatment plan that may include any combination of individual, family and group therapy, and, when indicated, medication management from a psychiatrist. All treatment plans require family consent and participation. For more information about our services, please call us at 516-626-1971.
CDC: Self-Directed Violence and Other Forms of Self-Injury