A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain

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Diane Publishing Company, 1998 - Psychology - 232 pages
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This book is about people who deliberately cut their skin, burn themselves, & break their own bones. They do it systematically for many years, & without help they can rarely stop. Many have lived through severe forms of emotional or physical childhood abuse. Estimates are that more than two million Americans are chronic self-injurers. In this book, women & men, young & old, explain the reasons they hurt themselves, the relief it sometimes brings them, & why they feel they cannot stop. The author explains how cutting can become a coping mechanism for dealing with emotional pain & gaining control over an out-of-control mind & body. Includes information on what people can do to start healing.

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User Review  - sealford - LibraryThing

I wish that more people had the opportunity to read this book. As a person who is very familiar with self-harm, I found myself understanding the mindset behind many of the stories in this book. This ... Read full review

A BRIGHT RED SCREAM: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A compassionate and informed discussion of self-mutilation, the "addiction of the '90s,— practiced by two million or more Americans. Self-mutilation has surfaced as a fad of pubescent girls, who use ... Read full review

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