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Self-harm (sh) or deliberate self-harm (dsh) includes self-injury (si) and self-poisoning and is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue most often done without suicidal intentions. these terms are used in the more recent literature in an attempt to reach a more neutral terminology. the older literature, especially that which predates the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (dsm-iv-tr), almost exclusively refers to self-mutilation.