Tag Archives: self-harm

Syndrome de Lasthénie de Ferjol

Krishna G. Badami Christchurch, New Zealand   Figure 1. ‘Une Histoire sans nom’ by Jules Amedee Barbey d’Aurevilly. Source Several years ago we saw a young woman who had an iron deficiency anemia, caused not by blood loss from menstruation (a common cause of iron deficiency anemia in females), but by repeatedly drawing her own blood by venipuncture and discarding it. […]

Scarification: harmful cultural practice or vehicle to higher being?

Kenneth Michael Felsenstein Bethesda, Maryland, USA Scarification is the act of “covering, disguising and transforming the body”1 by creating wounds in one’s own flesh in order to cause indelible markings. It is perhaps one of the most misunderstood body modification procedures done today, largely perceived in Western society as a tabooed and harmful cultural practice.2 Superficially […]

Shame

Jeanne Bereiter Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA   “I wasn’t trying to kill myself,” Jessica insisted, running a black-tipped, artificial fingernail through her black, gelled hair, which flashed blonde at the roots. “I was drinking, and I miscalculated. I didn’t know this could happen.” Jessica had been admitted to my adolescent psychiatric unit after she fell […]