Various forms of self-injurious behavior include cutting with sharp objects, pulling out finger and toe nails, pin pricks, skin picking, head banging and other injurious behavior. Minor self-mutilation is fairly common in general population and does not cause any infirmity, as it is usually part of cultural practice. Major Self-Mutilation (MSM) is a very rare complication of severe mental illness and causes significant disability. Ocular, genital, and limb mutilation are the three main forms of major self-mutilation. The estimated incidence of self-mutilation in adolescents and young adults is 1,800 per 100,000.
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