What Causes People to Self-Harm

Approx. 2,300 words

Learning objective

The learning objective for this tutorial points towards how and why non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) occurs. Presently, the general understanding is that people who self-harm do so because they become emotionally overwhelmed with certain stressors. Or they self-blame for “not being good enough”. This well-thought-out description of NSSI discusses this concept and considers how people respond to anxiety. The author also covers anxiety in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Treatment options are also discussed. This document (approx. 2,300 words) follows a homework check to strengthen the learning objectives.

Presently, NSSI is not available as a formal diagnosis. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5) has relegated NSSI in a section on “Conditions for Further Study.” Non-suicidal self- injury is not listed in the classifications system of the International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision (ICD-10).

Tutorial: What Causes People to Self-Harm

Enter Carol Edward's reading zone for her tutorial "What Causes People to Self-Harm?". Groups welcome - simply click the number box below to add people to your group. You will receive in your inbox a PASSWORD within 1-3 days. This password will allow you (and your group) to enter the reading zone. A homework check is included in this 2,300 word tutorial to reinforce the learning objectives. Plus, interaction with the author is available via the comments section.


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