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What are types of self-injury?

Types of self-injury can include:

- cutting
- burning
- picking at skin
- interfering with wound healing
- hair-pulling
- hitting
- scratching
- pinching
- biting
- bone-breaking
- head-banging
- embedding items under skin.

Many self-injurers have co-existing problems of substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder or eating disorders. Self-injurers tend to have been raised in families that discouraged expression of anger, and tend to lack skills to express their emotions.

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