Self-mutilation & self-injury


When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments      by Sharon Klayman Farber "Brilliant, Groundbreaking, Should be read by all who deal with Self Injury and Eating Disorders. Discusses the addiction of the behaviors. Discuss the mind and body (ritual) addictions and treatments. The book uses uses fascinating examples to teach. Often showing the underlying psychosis underlining the behavior. This has been needed for a long time. This book is far more comprehensive then "A Bright Red Scream" and "Bodies Under Siege". Everyone who treats these problems should read this book. A must own for the Professional. 




cutting,understanding and overcoming self-mutilationCutting:  Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation    by Steven Levenkron (A book that contains a great deal of information about self-mutilation - what it is, who does it, how it develops, the family system, child abuse and more). "As someone who suffers from self-mutilation I can say that this book is amazing. The stories were all so real and something that most self-mutilators have gone through. This book offers wonderful steps for recovery and offered hope to the hopeless. It is hard to find books and material on this subject, especially ones you can relate to and understand. Levenkron does a wonderful job at explaining the many types of "cutters" and situations that could potentially effect you and the people around you. Anyone who suffers from self-mutilation should read this book."



a bright red scream: self-mutilationA Bright Red Scream : Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain      by Marilee Strong (A reader from Seattle says "It's interesting that all of a sudden there are several books on self-injury. But I've read them all (strong personal interest) and this is really THE book. Strong really knows her stuff, both the "inside the heads" view of self-injurers and even making sense of how the brain seems to work that helps to explain self-injury. The experiences of people she writes about are so real, and so vivid. And caring! Maybe its because Strong is not a therapist and therefore doesn't have any "blinders" on the way therapists unfortunately often do. Sometimes even when therapists treat people with self-injury (and even write about it), they really don't seem to have a deep level of empathy. Strong touched my soul with her book)!"


the scarred soul: understanding and ending self-inflicted violenceThe Scarred Soul : Understanding & Ending Self-Inflicted Violence      by Tracy Alderman (A reader from Detroit says "This book has presented my awful problem in a helpful and non-judgmental way. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to cut out the psychobabble and fiction about this practice, which is more common than we think. Look at nail-biters)!"




bodily harm: the breakthrough healing programBodily Harm : The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers      by Karen Conterio, Wendy Lader, Jennifer Kingson Bloom (Contributor) (Written by people from the SAFE program. A reader from Minneapolis says "...what this book is, is a wonderful starting point on the road to real self-understanding and ending of self-injury. It's not a cure-all, and it's not guaranteed. I have injured since completing the program, but I have done so far less frequently and far less severely. The urges are less pronounced and I have more tools with which to deal with them. I recommend this book especially to family member of self-injurers as a way to understand the phenomenon, and also to people who are themselves injurers, because it is far less triggering than other books on the same subject.

bodies under seigeBodies Under Siege:  Self-mutilation and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry, Second Edition      by Armando R. Favazza, M.D. (Excellent, very comprehensive book about self-mutilation. The book appears to be up on the latest research regarding self-mutilation and discusses several modes of treatment. The author describes what self-mutilation is, why people do it and goes into some interesting information on different cultures that perform this practice).