Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation (Paperback)

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Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation (Paperback)

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A seminal work on treating self-mutilation, revised and updated with illuminating case studies and newly available resources.


Nearly a decade ago, Cutting boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder now affecting as many as two million Americans and one in fifty adolescents. More than that, it revealed self-mutilation as a comprehensible, treatable disorder, no longer to be evaded by the public and neglected by professionals. Using copious examples from his practice, Steven Levenkron traces the factors that predispose a personality to self-mutilation: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behavior. Written for sufferers, parents, friends, and therapists, Cutting explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviors and describes how patients can be helped.



Steven Levenkron is a psychotherapist and the author of seven previous books, including Cutting and The Anatomy of Anorexia. He lives and practices in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393319385
ISBN-10: 0393319385
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 1999
Pages: 288
Language: English
Casts an eye on the emotional pains behind a dark adolescent practice.
— Salon

Levenkron understands well the need for sharing basic information about this taboo subject as well as strategies for treatments. As a therapist who has worked with this problem for more than twenty years, he has much to offer.... Well written and engaging, [Cutting] educates the reader about a subject on which too little has been written.

— New England Journal of Medicine

Clear and comprehensive information on the causes and effective treatments of this mysterious disorder.
— Publishers Weekly