Self-abuse report puts focus on YouTube videos

A new medical study reveals self-abuse is a growing trend among teens, and experts fear graphic videos that have become commonplace on YouTube may serve

WOODBURY - A new medical study reveals self-abuse is a growing trend among teens, and experts fear graphic videos that have become commonplace on YouTube may serve as a how-to guide.

Dr. Jean Cirillo, a psychologist who counsels self-abusers, says the young people are hurting themselves as a way to relieve anger, stress or emotional pain.

"They're not trying to kill themselves, they're just trying to create pain, get their frustration out," she says.

YouTube is reportedly looking into the matter and says it relies on users to notify them of questionable videos that encourage dangerous activities.

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