It usually is an addictive practice for most people. People resort to it as their only means of escape from their daily troubles while some do it only for some time to vent out their frustration. There is no regular pattern of self harming for most people; some do it on a daily basis while others do it for a temporary period of time. These people often develop suicidal tendencies but that is rare.
Moreover, self harming is usually more common in youngsters or teenagers because their minds are still immature, inexperienced and limited. They usually see self-mutilation as an easy way out of things as at this stage most teenagers have a sensitive relationship with their parents and therefore they cannot confide in them. Friends do not always give healthy and beneficial advice and they might be involved in self-harming too which definitely has a negative influence on the person asking for assistance. They might also use this practice to punish themselves if they are feeling guilty over some thing or dissatisfied with the outcomes of any issue.
It is quite hard to find statistics regarding people who indulge in self-harm as they usually do not reveal their wounds and try to pretend that they were hurt by accident. Generally, however, it is reported that women have a higher tendency of self harming than in men. The age bracket when self harming is most common is usually between 11 and 25, both in men and women. ...Show more