Our expert says:
Dear Joe, do check out the archive of this forum, as we've discussed self-mutilation rather remarkably often, and you will probably find many of the postings interesting and useful. It is somewhat less common in men, but not unusual. Every normal person has "large memory gaps in childhood", whether or not they experienced childhood abuse or trauma. All the reports that this or that symptom "indicate" that one was abused or traumatized as a child are dangerously false. People who WERE abused or traumatized may recover without problems, or they may inded have a rather higher incidence of a wide range of symptoms and problems, none of which are unique to that situation, so no symptoms suggests childhood trauma more than any other cause.
And quack therapists, who are often keen to prey on people who might ( and might not ) have been traumatized as kids, generally use bad techniques which almost guarantee that you wll develop "memories" of abuse, whether or not it actually ever occurred. The huge majority of people who were abused or otherwise traumatized as children remember it very well, in fact uncomfortably well.
What is needed here is for you to see a good general psychiatrist or psychologist for a proper and full assessment, than advice and discussion on possible modes of treatment. Beware of therapists who beat a big bass drum and expect to find just one cause for everything ; and those who have only one bundle of tricks to treat everything with. One Size Fits All treatments are inevitably a bad idea.
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