Dissociative disorder and self-injury

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Dissociative disorder and self-injury

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When people injure, we sometimes wonder how could they possibly cut themselves so deeply to do as much damage as they can because it hurts when they do that. But there is something called dissociative disorder where there is a mind body disconnection where there is actually a numbing that goes on that they are able to go that deep and that far. And people can develop that for a variety of different reasons. Often times, for example, sexual abuse survivors don´t want to be in the moment when they are being abused and so they actually distance themselves from that. And that´s called a dissociation.

Learn about: Dissociative disorder and self-injury from Wendy Lader, PhD,...

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Wendy Lader, PhD

Psychologist

Dr. Lader is co-founder and clinical director of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program. An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of self-injury, she lectures extensively on the subject and is co-author of the book, Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers as well as Self Injury: A Manual for School Professionals. In addition, she served as the expert for a training video on Self-Injury for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lader is co- founder of the Self-Injury Foundation and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury. 

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