Self abuse | definition of self abuse by Medical dictionary
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(1) The deliberate infliction of damage or alteration to oneself without suicidal intent, in particular by those with eating disorders, mental illness, a history of trauma and abuse—e.g, emotional or sexual abuse—or mental traits such as low self-esteem or perfectionism
(2) Any act of intentional physical injury to oneself. Such acts involve bruising, scratching, cutting, burning, etc. People may practice self abuse to relieve emotional pain, which may be associated with a serotonin imbalance, which (speculatively) self abuse might be relieving through an indirect neurotransmitter mechanism
Management Psychotherapy, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
self abuse Psychiatry Intentional physical injury to oneself Management Psychotherapy, SSRIs. See Self-mutilation.
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In December, I checked into Self Abuse
Finally Ends (SAFE) in Chicago.
The practice is called self abuse
and the result is that the boy after time becomes weak and nervous and shy.
The need to self abuse
can affect anyone it's not just about suicidal young men who feel the world is passing them by
After more than 16 years of self abuse
, food was the enemy that propelled this previously beautiful young woman into the grip of an illness that left her feeling ashamed and degraded.
But with Ray's pathetic penchant for sad little self abuse
sessions this is a phrase which takes on a whole new meaning.
For some, it is far more dangerous, leading to eating disorders and other forms of self abuse