Definition of self-harm in English:
Deliberate injury to oneself, typically as a manifestation of a psychological or psychiatric disorder.
- ‘Wayne died from deliberate self-harm while the balance of his mind was disturbed,’ he said.
- The incidences of self-harm, eating disorders, and even suicide among young people in schools and colleges is evidence of the emotional burden imposed by a society which often seems to demand too much of them.
- He has no history of self-harm, eating disorder, alcohol/drug dependency or misuse.
verb[no object] Back to top
- In the first chain analysis Rachel self-harmed in response to thinking she was not slim or beautiful enough (which linked to her core-belief of being unlovable and therefore being rejected).
- I have no doubt at all that it was by reason of his depressive illness that he self-harmed.
- Some are learning how to deal with incontinence and give injections and tube feeds, or coping with a parent who overdoses or self-harms.
- Example sentences
- Research conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists found some self-harmers received a poor standard of care than other patients, including examples of people having wounds stitched without anaesthetic.
- However, her other main argument, which while not explicitly stated (as I recall) but very heavily implied, was that self-harmers are invariably victims of childhood abuse, which I wasn't.
- A small number of dedicated and repeated self-harmers have, in the past, sent the statistics through the roof.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.