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By Heather Barnett Veague

Explores the character of self-injury, its explanations, results, and attainable treatments...Title: .Cutting and Self-Harm..Author: .Veague, Heather Barnett, Ph.D./ Levitt, Pat (FRW)/ Collins, Christine, Ph.d. (EDT)..Publisher: .Facts on File..Publication Date: .2008/05/01..Number of Pages: .110..Binding style: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2008000519

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However, trichotillomania is a serious mental illness that causes great discomfort to many people and their families. 12 Case Study: trichotillomania Katie began pulling out her hair when she was seven years old. She began by twirling and tugging a piece of it, usually from the left rear side of her head. As she continued to pull, her hairs broke, leaving her with an area of short, thin hair. Over time, she began isolating each piece of hair and pulling it out. Sometimes she would eat the hair; other times she would just inspect it, looking for split ends or wrapping it around her finger.

31 32 Cutting and Self-Harm Tourette’s Disorder: Stereotypic Self-Harm People who suffer from Tourette’s disorder generally attract a great deal of attention. Someone with Tourette’s disorder has tics, a stereotyped movement or vocalization that is repeated, sudden, and rapid. The disorder is rare, affecting about 1 in every 2,000 people. Like autism, Tourette’s is more likely to affect males than females; approximately three times more males than females have the disorder. Symptoms generally emerge around age seven or before the teen years.

However, they’re becoming more concerned as they have noticed that her eyebrows are getting thinner and thinner. In fact, there are little bald patches in the arch of each eyebrow. When Katie’s mom asks her about it, she denies that there is anything wrong or that she is intentionally pulling out her eyebrows. She is growing her bangs longer to cover her eyebrows but in the meantime, she uses eyebrow pencil to fill in the thin spaces. Katie is confused about why she does this and Self-Harm and Mental Illness scared that she can’t stop.

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