Self-mutilation is a phenomenon that affects a significant percentage of the teenage and adult population. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) includes self-mutilation as a symptom under the diagnoses of Borderline Personality Disorder, Stereotypic Movement Disorder, and Impulse Control Disorder. In the current project, I surveyed mental health practitioners, primarily in outpatient settings, and found that superficial self-mutilation was present most commonly in clients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. The discussion includes a consideration of the relationship of self-mutilation to different types of trauma, developmental issues, and recommendations for diagnostic revision in the DSM.
|School:||Antioch University New England|
|School Location:||United States -- New Hampshire|
|Source:||DAI-B 70/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Cutting, DSM, Diagnosis, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition-Text Revision, Mental health clinicians, Self-mutilation|
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