The young have
always been perceived as the first social demographic to try out new
things, particularly when it comes to technology. The young - teenagers
in particular - are also among the first ones to use some questionable
or outright dangerous things. This is not always true, but it tends
to prove itself to be a fact more often than some experts would like.
According to some reports, the latest psychological phenomenon to hit
the teen demographic appears to be something truly intriguing, physically
dangerous, and only recently being noticed by the mental health community:
the practice of "self-embedding."
is a practice that, according to the X-ray evidence presented by a team
of radiologists from Nationwide Children's Hospital, involves putting
objects under the skin. These objects can include any sort of object,
including chunks of crayons, pencils, and even unfolded paper clips.
The team appeared that it was some sort of new form of self-injury among
teens and adolescents, and that they had treated more cases of this
nature in the past year than they have the past decade. The team noted
that all of the patients involved in the practice were female, though
most medical literature cites examples of it as being typically male.
Another trait noted was that the mental health specialists at the hospital
had not heard of it, and that it appeared to be unknown to mental health
practitioners as a whole.