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Visible Pain
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.69

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     challenging words:    alonehas, injuriesprefers, limbsoften, psychic, quivering, self-harm, Self-Injury, self-mutilation, heartache, unexplained, better, toll-free, pressed, refuses, warning, drastic


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Visible Pain
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Pain is a feeling of hurt. It is suffering. It can be physical, such as getting your hair pulled. Physical pain often serves as a warning. Stop! Don't touch that--it will harm you! It can also be emotional. Some call it heartache; others call is psychic stress. It's not something we can see, but we can see the evidence that it exists. Tears may come to the eyes. The forehead wrinkles, and the brows come down. Lips may be pressed together, turned down at the corners, or quivering. Pain itself may be invisible, but the reaction to pain can be seen.
 
2     For some people, the emotional pain they feel inside is too much to bear. It causes them to hurt themselves. They turn to carving into their own skin. They create wounds and scars. We call it self-harm or self-mutilation.
 
3     Slicing into one's skin is a drastic action to take! Something must be seriously wrong for people to damage themselves in that way. About one percent of the population -- one in every one hundred people -- are cutting themselves to cope with emotional pain. In many cases the person has been a victim of child abuse. Some are angry. The reason for the behavior doesn't matter. It's a risky practice. The relief doesn't last. Cutting is like doing drugs or drinking alcohol. It can't solve the problem. The person could wind up in the hospital for the injury or mental problems. Before that happens, people who engage in this type of behavior need to ask for help.

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