Our expert says:
This is a well-recognized problem, and fortunately it does respond to proper treatment. But what would be likely to work would be something like CBT ( cognitive-behavour Therapy ) rather than affirmations, which may be helpful as a part of CBT or some such larger technique, but not particularly useful on their own. On their own they are absolutely NOT, EVER, CBT.
This is related to obsessive-Compulsive disorder and to self-mutilation.
Unfortunately there is as yet no reliable national listing of which shrinks practice where and who provide modern and effective methods like CBT. The Anxiety-Depression Support Group ( number on this page ) has prepared some lists of some such shrinks on their webb-page and available also to those who call them. And maybe the department of psychology or psychiatry at UCT or Stellenbosch might be able to recommend someone with this important skill
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