Attack on Self: Personality Disorder Victims are Driven to Injury
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Self-injury, sometimes called self mutilation, is difficult to talk about. People who do it to themselves feel ashamed. Often, they don’t know why they do it—their explanations are simply that they were feeling bad and looking for attention.
Child psychologist Vicki Panaccione of Melbourne said it is not very common in her practice but she does see it.
“Children who are hurting themselves…it tends to be a real cry for help or a need to get noticed in some way. Generally, these children have very poor self-esteem and some have been abused and feel that they deserve this abuse, that that’s all they deserve.”
As published in Florida Today.
© MMVI Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D.