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Self-mutilation Causes & Risks


Self-mutilation is a severe impulse control disorder that is often associated with other psychiatric disorders, such as:

Brain—Psychological Organ

Self-mutilation is often associated with psychiatric disorders that may be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.
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It can also be associated with neurologic or metabolic disorders such as:

  • Syringomyelia (a disorder where cysts form on the spinal cord)
  • Tourette syndrome (a neurological disorder)
  • Autism (a disorder that results in social, behavioral, and language problems)
  • Lesch-Nyhan syndrome (a genetic disorder)

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing this condition. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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