Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Why Does Self-Cutting Work? Seeking Answers from Neurobiology to Semiotics
Speakers: Rob Kallicinos, MD, PGY-III Psychiatry Resident, and Georgian Mustata, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Clinical practice and demographic studies show that self-injury is an increasingly prevalent phenomenon, especially among young people. Due to its counterintuitive nature this phenomenon is yet poorly understood, and often inadequately treated. The availability on internet of narratives describing the experience of self-harm makes the analysis of these narratives a valuable research tool. This presentation will present examples of self-cutting narratives and bring together clinical, conceptual and research resources in order to explain the questionable efficacy of self-cutting.
Drs. Kallicinos and Mustata do not have financial relationships with commercial interests.