Dear Dr. Heller,
I'm a 13 year old boy who wants to become a child psychologist. I go to a partial program at a hospital that I'd rather not name. My question was to know why people self-mutilate themselves and they think during this?
The most common reason is that it makes their pain stop temporarily. The emotional pain is called dysphoria (anxiety, rage, depression and despair). Some do it out of a nervous habit, like biting the nails or picking at the skin. Sometimes the self-hate is so awful that they want to punish themselves. Usually, though it's due to dysphoria (anxiety, rage, depression and despair).