Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation (Paperback)

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A seminal work on treating self-mutilation, revised and updated with illuminating case studies and newly available resources.

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.

About the Author

Steven Levenkron is a psychotherapist and the author of seven previous books, including Cutting and The Anatomy of Anorexia. He lives and practices in New York City.

Praise For…

Casts an eye on the emotional pains behind a dark adolescent practice.
— Salon

Levenkron understands well the need for sharing basic information about this taboo subject as well as strategies for treatments. As a therapist who has worked with this problem for more than twenty years, he has much to offer.... Well written and engaging, [Cutting] educates the reader about a subject on which too little has been written.

— New England Journal of Medicine

Clear and comprehensive information on the causes and effective treatments of this mysterious disorder.
— Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393319385
ISBN-10: 0393319385
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 1999
Pages: 288
Language: English