Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation


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Nearly a decade ago, Cutting boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder affecting as many as two million Americans. More than that, it revealed self-mutilation as a comprehendible, treatable disorder, no longer to be evaded by the public and neglected by professionals. Using copious examples from his practice, Steven Levenkron traces the factors that predispose a personality to self-mutilation: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behaviour. Written for sufferers, parents, friends, and therapists, Cutting explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviours and describes how patients can be helped.

Focusing on self-mutilation, this book features case studies, drugs, and resources.

Author Bio:

Steven Levenkron is a well known psychotherapist in New York City and the author of eight books, both fiction and non-fiction. His work is widely acclaimed as original and groundbreaking in both the theoretical conception and clinical treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Self-Mutilation, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Levenkron’s theoretical analysis of these disorders is explained and illustrated in five non-fiction books:

Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa, 1982

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 1991

Anatomy of Anorexia, 2000

Stolen Tomorrows, 2007

His clinical work with patients, began in 1970, is based on the Nurturant – Authoritative approach that he developed as a direct result of treating the victims of these endangering disorders. In his private practice he has assisted many young people in their recovery from these serious disorders, helping them back to healthy productive lives.