Explains what cutting is and explores why teens might deliberately injure themselves, stressing that cutting is a curable condition and offering readers suggestions about where to find help or how to help others. Illustrations.
Self-injury can be a disturbing symptom of a variety of conditions, including eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Teens who self-injure often cut or burn themselves, but may also engage in other harmful practices. Stopping the Pain helps teens and their counselors discover the root cause of self-injury and develop a program to end this dangerous behavior. The book begins with a series of exercises designed to help teens understand why they self-injure and dispel myths about self-injury. It goes on to help them tackle self-esteem issues, recognize and disarm the triggers that lead to self-injury, communicate about self-injury, cope with difficult emotions, and commit to change. More than 10 percent of teenagers have experimented with self-injury, according to research. This book offers help for any teen caught up in this dangerous habit.
Intentional self-harm, often in the form of cutting one’s self, is generally associated with emotional or mental distress, especially when observed among teens. When in pain, the human body releases calming endorphins, leading some to injure themselves to experience the endorphin euphoria. Self-harm is associated with mental health disorders such as borderline personality disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. And while those who engage in self-harm may not intend themselves any serious physical injury, such risky behavior can result in death. “Cutting and Self-Harm” discusses the most common types of self-injurious behavior, what they mean, how they can be treated, and how they can be prevented. Chapters include: What Is Self-Harm? Who Engages In Self-Harm? Self-Harm and Mental Illness; Identification and Treatment of Self-Harm; and Prevention: How Do We Prevent Self-Harm?
Williams looks at a variety of topics within this emotional disorder, including the seriousness of the problem, whether tattoos and piercings count as deliberate self harm, what triggers the behavior, and what can be done to stop it. While self-mutilation doesn’t seem to lend itself to the “Opposing Viewpoints” format, essays cover unexpected and hard-to-find stances such as “Not Acting on the Urge to Cut Is a Serious Problem” and “Cosmetic Surgery Boosts Self-Esteem.” The discussions on cultural expectations are enlightening, as are the chapters on how best to assist those who feel the need to harm themselves. Researchers will find good, solid information here.
Defined as “the act of intentionally harming one’s body for emotional relief,” self-mutilation is an illness affecting as many as two million people in the U.S. Ng describes several categories of self-abuse, ranging from fairly superficial injuries to the amputation of a limb or castration. She indicates how to recognize the symptoms and notes the potential consequences. Further, the author offers information on where to find help and basic advice on what a friend can do for someone caught up in this destructive cycle. Throughout the text, anecdotes and black-and-white and color photographs put a human face on this particular disorder. The book concludes with a glossary and names and addresses of helpful organizations and Web sites. While Alicia Clarke’s Coping with Self-Mutilation (Rosen, 1999) provides more detailed information on the disorder and available treatment options, this book will be a useful tool for guidance counselors, school nurses, and social workers and will appeal to reluctant readers.
Book Title: Everything You Need to Know about Self-Mutilation: A Helping Book for Teens Who Hurt Themselves (Need to Know Library)
Author: Gina Ng
Two clearly written, well-organized titles. Self-Mutilation is an accessible volume that defines this self-destructive behavior and takes a look at the causes and physical and psychological effects. Emphasis is placed on self-help measures and available treatment. Brief, personal stories and profiles illustrate the author’s points. Scoliosis looks at the patterns of spinal curvature, treatment options, and emotional effects of this condition. From scientific explanations of Cobb angles (a measurement system designed to help classify spinal curves) and the Risser scale (to determine bone maturity) to firsthand descriptions of peer ridicule and feelings of embarrassment, this text fully explores the physical and emotional issues involved in the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis. Pencil drawings include illustrations of the spine and the types of orthopedic braces patients wear. Both books give helpful, factual information while offering reassurance and hope.
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