Three million americans engage in some form of self injury
An esitmated two million americans purposely cut or burn themselves
90% of self injurers begin cutting as teenagers.
The average self injurer begins at age fourteen and continues with increasing severity into her late twenties.
The most common professions are teacher, nurse and manager.
More than half of self injurers are victims of abuse, and most report emotionally abusive or neglictful childhoods.
Self injury is prevalent in all races and economic backgrounds
Although most self injurers are women, up to 40$ are men.
Most people who self injure are not trying to commit suicide, instead using self injury as a coping mechanism.
Self injury does become an addiction as it helps you feel better for a short period of time.
FACT: Self injury is only a temperory solution. Self injury makes you feel better, but only for a short period of time. The only way to feel better for longer, is to develop coping mechanisms. (some of which are under the heading alternatives)
Although there are a few exceptions, most people who self harm aren't "crazy". They just have a lot of inner stress that needs to be released and they don't have any other way to release it than hurt themselves.