When the blade cuts too deep: The psychology behind self-inflicted harm

When the blade cuts too deep: The psychology behind self-inflicted harm

“But it helps release the pain / That I go through every day / The blade is sharp and cold / As it runs across my skin / Leaving me to ponder / And decide how deep I cut in.” These are the words from a poem written by Cassandra Johnson, who was addicted to a self-inflicted behavior known as cutting. Cutting, burning and scratching are painful methods of self-harm known as non-suicidal self-injury. Because suicides receive more media attention, less information and statistics are available on self-harm with no intent to commit suicide.

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Immunization Awareness: Vaccinations in the teen years

Immunization Awareness: Vaccinations in the teen years

Starting high school and being introduced to the teenage years can be a lot of fun, but this life stage also comes with many challenges. Puberty, dating and the quest for independence are just a few of the challenges that may arise during this awkward life stage. It is also important to take care of your health and speak with a health care professional about important issues that may come up, such as dating, alcohol and drugs. Vaccinations are not just required for small children and the elderly but for pre-teens and teenagers as well, according to the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC).

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