Bodily Harm : The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers

Karen Conterio and Wendy Lader with Jennifer Kingson Bloom

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From the Cover

Self-injury is one of our society’s fastest-growing and most disturbing epidemics. Experts estimate that more than three million Americans are afflicted with this syndrome, which compels people to mutilate their own skin or break their own bones. Due to society’s reaction to it, self-abuse is a widely misunderstood and dangerously mistreated psychiatric disorder.

Bodily Harm is the most authoritative exmination of this alarming syndrome and the first to offer a comprehensive treatment regimen. Written by the directors of S.A.F.E. Alternatives (Self Abuse Finally Ends), it clearly defines what cutting is and explains the kinds of emotional trauma that can lead to self-mutilation. It also includes case studies, diaries, and success stories from a diverse group of patients. Most importantly, Bodily Harm offers a course of treatment based on years of experience and extensive clinical research — as well as compassion, advice and hope for the afflicted and their loved ones. In this book, you’ll find:

  • How to distinguish something relatively harmless from a serious disorder, with a diagnostic questionnaire to help.
  • Why women account for the majority of self-injurers.
  • What motivates self-injury and why it has grown so rapidly.
  • How therapists, families and friends can help.

Bodily Harm : The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers


Maria writes:

I just wanted to let you know that in April I went to SAFE alternatives. I’m not sure if you heard of it, but it is the only hospital in the U.S. dealing strickly with self-injury. People from all over the world go there. I had a really good experience there. They only accept up to 15 people at a time. Starting at age 12. The two women who started SAFE wrote a book called Bodily Harm. By Karen Conterio and Wendy Lader. It is an excellent book. Just thought that I would recommend it to you.


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