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Self-harm (also known as self-mutilation) is a complex behaviour that is often, although not exclusively, practised by those suffering from an Eating Disorder. Even though there is the possibility that a self inflicted injury could be fatal, self-harm is not considered to be suicidal behaviour.

There are numerous and varied reasons why a person might self-harm. Some of these include:

Equally there are many ways in which a person may perform the act of self-harming. These include:

Identifying the underlying issues or disorders behind this behaviour, tackling the devastatingly low self-esteem and exploring historic events that may have led to the development of this practice are key constituents in treating this problem.

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