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Kinds of self-harm
Self-harm usually starts when people are teenagers. Sometimes people start sooner. Many people who self-harm want to stop thinking about suicide. Experts call it non-suicidal self injury.
Cutting, stabbing, deep scratches
This is the most common kind. About 80% of self-harm is cutting.
- Cuts on skin, especially arms or legs
- Patterns, especially parallel lines
- Using a razor, knife, or other sharp object
Other body injuries
- Burning skin
- Bruising yourself (hitting a body part on something)
- Hitting yourself
- Sticking needles or other things under the skin (self-embedding)
- Hair plucking, especially on face and scalp (trichotillomania, TTM, or trich)
Drugs, chemicals, alcohol
- Alcohol misuse
- Over the counter drug misuse
- Prescription drug misuse
- Drinking small amounts of chemicals like household cleaners
Eating and self-harm
- Making yourself throw up
- Exercising till you are hurt
Note: This page is intended for young people ages 13 and above.