"Only girls are cutters."
"Only rich kids hurt themselves."
Have you heard this before? I have heard this time and time again, and seen the portrayal in movies and social media. In reality, studies don't support these claims. What studies do tell us:
All genders self-harm
Females are likely to start sooner and harm for longer.
Females are more likely to use forms of self-harm such as cutting while males are more likely to punch.
Males are more likely to report a social component like having someone else hit them.
Sexual orientation can be a predictor
Being Bisexual is a risk factor
Identifying as Lesbian or Gay "does not seem to carry much elevated risk above and beyond being straight."
Now, stating these facts does not mean you can't self-harm if you're straight/heterosexual or non binary, or anything else. I feel I should clarify this because of the comment sections of some of my videos. If you want to learn more about who self-harms, click here.
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Until next time.