By Heather Barnett Veague

Explores the character of self-injury, its factors, results, and attainable treatments...Title: .Cutting and Self-Harm..Author: .Veague, Heather Barnett, Ph.D./ Levitt, Pat (FRW)/ Collins, Christine, Ph.d. (EDT)..Publisher: .Facts on File..Publication Date: .2008/05/01..Number of Pages: .110..Binding variety: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2008000519

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Case Study: Autism Betsy, a 22-year-old woman diagnosed with autism, has been living in some sort of residential treatment facility since she was four years old. Recently, she has been referred to an inpatient psychiatric hospital because the staff of her group home determined that she needs additional care. Unlike other patients in the group home, Betsy preferred to stay by herself. She interacted with few staff members, all of whom had been there since Betsy arrived. Recently, her self-abuse became more severe.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Impulsive Self-Harm The only mental disorder for which self-injury is a potential diagnostic criterion is borderline personality disorder (BPD). Self-injury is not a requirement for a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, only a marker or a possible symptom. Borderline personality disorder is marked primarily by instability of moods, self-image, and interpersonal relationships. People with BPD have an intense fear of abandonment. They Self-Harm and Mental Illness can be preoccupied with worry about the end of a relationship and engage in drastic behaviors to keep loved ones close.

Thomas’s father was an air force pilot, and Thomas knew that his dad would be proud if he followed in his footsteps. So a month before graduation, Thomas joined the air force. Until he left for basic training, Thomas had never been away from his family. Going from his easygoing family into the air force was stressful. m. Self-Harm and Mental Illness every day and perform strenuous exercise. He was yelled at, forbidden from doing anything without direction by a superior officer, and scolded and humiliated when he couldn’t keep up.

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