The Relationship Between Self-Injury and Depression

Self-Injury is known by many names, including self-abuse, self-mutilation, deliberate self-harm, parasuicidal behavior. It may be referred to by specific methods of self-injury such as "delicate" or "coarse" cutting, burning, or hair pulling.

Self-Injury transcends gender, age, religion, educational and income level. It may be accompanied by depression, and/or a range of psychiatric problems such as other mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, eating disorders or psychotic disorders. The longer it goes unrecognized and untreated the more disruptive it is to the sufferer's life and relationships and the more treatment-resistant it may become.

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Staff, H. (2008, December 9). The Relationship Between Self-Injury and Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: June 21, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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