Many kids today struggle with addictive self-harm behaviors. In the United States, as many as 35 % of adolescents intentionally inflict harm to their bodies. This is called self-harming, self-injury, or self-abuse. Often, people who take part in this type of behavior have some underlying emotional trauma or disorder. They harm themselves by either cutting, burning, or punching something. They may throw themselves against an object such as a wall. Others may be pulling out hair or biting themselves.
These kids do these things as a way of coping with emotions such as pain, fear, self-loathing, sadness, rage, or guilt. The addictive self-harm behaviors take away these feelings temporarily. As a result, they often repeat the action on an ongoing basis. Because this is usually a sign of deeper problems, these kids need help to overcome this condition. Also, self-harming behavior can result in serious injury or loss of life if severe blood loss occurs or infection sets in.
According to the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: