Pleasure from self-injury

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Pleasure from self-injury

We are not really sure exactly what the mechanism is about how people feel better when they self-injure. I'm not sure if it's actually a sense of pleasure or its a sense of relief. We do know that there are probably naturally occurring endorphines or opiates that help people feel calm, when they engage in that behavior. For whatever reason, we do know that they go from an intense emotional state to being calm and being able think more clearly.

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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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