Self-harm was once thought to occur only among those with serious psychiatric disorders such as borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, but recent studies have found that this disturbing behavior is shockingly prevalent in the general population. Teenagers and young adults are especially likely to engage in self-harm, which is also known as self-injury, self-mutilation, or "cutting."
Freedom from Self-Harm presents a complete program for the treatment of self-injury that includes information about medications and specific coping skills sufferers can use to overcome urges to self-harm. The authors, self-harm researchers who also treat the disorder, provide up-to-date and effective information for those seeking to better understand and manage self-harming behavior. This book is not tied to one specific therapeutic approach, but instead integrates the most effective acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) methods into one complete third-wave treatment program. Readers will learn about the different types of self-harm, what causes self-harm, how to get help, medications, and self-soothing techniques for regulating difficult emotions in healthy ways.
About the Authors:
Kim L. Gratz, Ph.D., is research assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Maryland and director of the personal disorders division of its Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER). Gratz has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on bipolar disorder, deliberate self-harm, and emotion regulation. Her research currently focuses on understanding the nature and consequences of emotional dysregulation and emotional avoidance in individuals who struggle with bipolar disorder and self-harm. Gratz is coauthor of The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide.
Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., is assistant professor and registered psychologist in the department of psychology at Simon Fraser University. He is director of the Centre for Applied Research on Emotions, where he conducts research on self-harm, borderline personality disorder, suicidal behavior, impulsivity, and emotions. Chapman has published several journal articles and book chapters and has given numerous professional presentations on borderline personality disorder, suicidal and self-harming behavior, dialectical behavior therapy, and impulsive behavior. In addition, he supervises students in their treatment of clients who self-harm and/or have bipolar disorder. Chapman is president of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Centre of Vancouver, a center for the treatment of bipolar disorder, self-harm, and related problems. He is coauthor of The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide and a book on behavior therapy.