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Related to Self-Mutilation Syndrome: Self harm, Self injury, Self Injurious Behaviour


Self-inflicted physical harm, such as cutting, that is not suicidal and is usually a response to stress or trauma. Also called self-harm, self-mutilation.
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The third category, repetitive self-mutilation, includes clients diagnosed as suffering from Repetitive Self-Mutilation Syndrome or Deliberate Self-Harm Syndrome.
Similarly, Favazza and Rosenthal (1990) proposed a Repetitive Self-Mutilation Syndrome (RMS), in which an essential feature is a recurrent failure to resist impulses to harm one's own body physically without conscious suicidal intent.