I came across this distrubing new trend among young people: self-abuse. Nearly 1 in 5 students at two elite U.S. universities say they have purposely injured themselves by cutting, burning or other methods, a disturbing phenomenon that psychologists say they are hearing about more often. (Source: PTI)

The results of the survey at Cornell and Princeton are similar to other estimates on this frightening behavior. Counselors say it is happening at colleges, high schools and middle schools across the United States.

For some young people, self-abuse is an extreme coping mechanism that seems to help relieve stress; for others it is a way to make deep emotional wounds more visible. Some of them have suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse from others which triggers self abuse.

I had come across teens and 20 something folks who were into self abuse in churches as well as college campuses. And there is no simple solution to this complex problem. If you are or know of people who inflict injuries to themselves, get them some professional help ASAP.