America’s Next Teen Mental Health Panic? Self-Embedding!

Grenade embedded in forehead. Vietnam war-era X-ray from the Otis Historical Archives Nat

CNN has a fairly level-headed post by Elizabeth Landau on something called self-embedding behavior, in which “teens” shove things under their skin.

Not to be confused with subincision, a body modification done in, like, a tattoo parlor, or, say, pacemakers, which are considered totally normal because old people get them, this is a pathological behavior that runs roughly parallel to self-injury or “cutting,” a far more common practice. Another treatment of the subject interviewing the same doctor is at Cryptozoology-Paranormal blog Our Strange World, with one of the creepiest doctor photos I’ve ever seen in my life.

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