Great article. Thanks. When wornikg in residential treatment with adult female parolees who were also addicts this was an issue that FREAKED OUT the staff. As I am sure you are well aware, training them to see it as a cry for help/attention rather than an overt suicidal gestures was so important. The other issue which I think is paramount to discuss with teenagers and parents alike, is the addictive quality of cutting. I don’t like what’s happening. What will take it away? Cutting? It hurts but It feels good. Do it again. This becomes a cycle which parallels that of the obsessive-compulsive nature of any addiction, including, as someone noted previously, eating disorders, but more specifically, binging0purging type of Anorexia-Nervosa within the DSM-IV-TR-revised. Anyway, thank you so much for posting this. I will certainly be able to use your article in practice.
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