Self-harm symptoms do not discriminate with regards to race, gender, culture or creed, although young women seem to suffer most commonly from this particular disorder. It is often accompanied by other addictive tendencies, especially eating disorder and drug problems.
It is a disease – just like alcoholism. The sufferer has an incurable and progressive condition which can be arrested and managed through therapy and treatment. The act of harming one’s body through self-mutilation is not the real problem of this disease. The action is the symptom but the root cause lies within the person.