Compulsive Body Damage

Compulsive body damage is when a person feels an uncontrollable urge to harm his or her own body. This urge is a cross between a psychological disorder (where the person uses these compulsions as a release for anxiety or obsessive thoughts) and a physical disorder (where the person performs repetitive movements and is not aware of them).


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  • Nikki

    I have a question about one that isn’t mentioned, known most commonly as “cutting.” The cutter does damage to his/her skin, but not just with other parts of the body, such as glass, razorblades, or even metal nail files. I was a cutter when I was in high school, and it was hard to get through it, and I still have the urge to tear the crap out of myself sometimes. I went to like 6 counseling sessions, which were basically just conversations, trying to get to the root of the problem. I still don’t know what it is, but it takes all the strength I have to fight the urge to damage myself again. I quit solely on willpower, to behavior reversal or anything like that. In my opinion, this is just like an alcoholic or smoker, in that it’s something that is darn near impossible to quit, but there are many that have done so. Why do people judge cutters, instead of reaching out to them and trying to help?