Online self-harm language 'redolent of addiction'

People sharing their experiences often use words common in substance use disorder recovery, such as 'clean' and 'relapse'

The experience of non-suicidal self-harm as described in online forums may share experiential characteristics with substance use disorder, a new study suggests.

An analysis of user posts on social media platform Reddit has revealed that those who deliberately harm their body without intending to die are likely to exhibit symptoms indicative of mild, moderate or severe addiction, researchers say.

“The take-home message is that many people … who engage in non-suicidal self-injury experience it like

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