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- BPD Symptom: Self-Injury -

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reprinted with permission of The Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas
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Self-injury is not limited to teens.
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Self-injury is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening behavior that also occurs in adults of both genders. Self-injury is a symptom of a psychiatric disorder, and is common in persons suffering from borderline personality disorder or depression. Menninger is launching a Clinic-wide initiative to learn more about the behavior and to develop new protocols to treat it, since it is a frequent health issue among patients. Did you know? While most persons who self-injure are not attempting suicide, they may accidentally kill themselves if their behavior goes too far
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What motivates people to cut, burn or harm themselves may surprise you. Adults injure themselves for many reasons including:
  n  For attention. Harming themselves may seem like a way to keep their loved ones concerned and connected.  
  n  To feel alive. Persons who are severely traumatized by sexual or physical abuse, neglect or a traumatizing event may detach themselves from their emotions and injure themselves so that they can regain feelings.  
  n  To distract. Self-injury helps some individuals distract or release themselves from their emotional pain, anxiety or depression.   
  n Because they feel they must. Some persons who self-injure have a symptom of mental illness called psychosis, common in borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia, which causes them to break from reality.  
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Because self-injury is typically such a deeply ingrained behavior in older adults with years of the pattern, providing patients with alternatives is more effective than requiring they stop their self-injurious behavior outright. Treatment teams at Menninger work with patients to discover what triggers them to self-injure and to work together to develop alternative coping strategies.
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