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The Meaning Behind Self-Harm

It is important to understand the meaning behind what drives people to self-harm. Without understanding it is easy to unfairly judge these individuals which can make them feel ashamed and can cause the self-harm to worsen. An article on nami.org explains what self-harm is, why people self-harm, and treatment options for people who self-harm. The article states that self-harm is used as a coping mechanism for intense emotional pain. 

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