Cutting : Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation

Cutting : Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation

Book Title: Cutting : Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation

Author: Lawrence E. Shapiro

Format: Paperback | 288 pages

Publication Date: 18 Aug 1999

ISBN-13: 9780393319385

Nearly a decade ago, Cutting boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder now affecting as many as two million Americans and one in fifty adolescents. More than that, it revealed self-mutilation as a comprehensible, treatable disorder, no longer to be evaded by the public and neglected by professionals. Using copious examples from his practice, Steven Levenkron traces the factors that predispose a personality to self-mutilation: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behavior. Written for sufferers, parents, friends, and therapists, Cutting explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviors and describes how patients can be helped.