Young women experience self-embedding - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/7/10

Young women experience self-embedding

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –A rare but disturbing trend among young women might go unnoticed; except that their bodies light up in an ultrasound. All this is coming to light, and in the October issue of Radiology. The study from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, indicates there is a growing new trend involving self injury, especially among teen girls.

Instead of this being called "cutting", which leaves visible scars, this new trend is called self-embedding. That's where they insert small items deep into their skin, like paper clips, toothpicks, pencil lead, glass and small plastic objects. Dr. John Campo thinks that "many have been mal-treated, many of them have had unstable relationships over the course of their life." "They directly, deliberately damage their own body tissues but not with the aim of killing themselves."

The objects are not visible to the naked eye, and often are not even on an x-ray. However, you can clearly see the items on ultrasound. Child Psychiatrists say no one knows for sure why some do this. They may be crying out for attention, or trying to distract themselves from some emotional pain.

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