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The Dangers of Cutting

Cutting is a serious problem that needs to be addressed so if you have a cutting problem, or know someone who does, get the info and help you need right here.

Cutting - What Is Cutting?

Cutting is a type of self-injury that involves cutting the skin of your arms, legs, abdomen, or some other body part with a sharp object. When cuts heal, they can leave scars, so people will usually wear long-sleeved tops to cover them up.

Why Do People Cut?

There isn't one single reason for why people cut, but most people who cut aren't trying to commit suicide. Some people cut to cope with stressful stuff that's going on in their lives, like when parents get divorced or a relationship ends, while others may cut to feel a sense of relief from anger, shame, or frustration. Cutting could also be a symptom of depression, an eating disorder, emotional abuse, or low self-esteem.

Why Is Cutting Dangerous?

It's hard to judge the depth of a cut. If you accidentally cut too deep, you could lose a lot of blood and may even require stitches. Cuts can also lead to infections if you're using a cutting instrument that's not clean. As well, cutting can become a habit, where you feel like you need to do it all the time.

How Is Cutting Treated?

Cutting may provide temporary relief, but there are other, much healthier ways to deal with the bad stuff that's going down in your life. Physical activity will help balance your emotions, so join a sports team at school and get plenty of exercise. Getting in touch with your creative side can also help you express yourself in a positive way, so pick up a pencil and start sketchin' away or take an art class like painting or sculpting. More importantly, make an appointment to see your doctor right away to figure out any underlying reasons as to why you're cutting. It's also a good idea to have a heart-to-heart talk with your parents, teacher, school counselor, or another trusted adult since admitting you have a cutting problem is the hardest, but one of the most important steps to overcoming it.

  • For more help or info on cutting, check out S.A.F.E. Alternatives (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) at www.selfinjury.com, or call their toll-free line at 1-800-DONT-CUT (1-800-366-8288).

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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
My mom's side of the family is abusive in their discipline. Its too much for me. Even though my grandma left the house, the effects of her disciplinary actions are hurting my self-esteem and self-confidence.
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LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Friends:
hey there!! i may have not been in that situation but i can help u dont worry btw have u tried calling her??  :|
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Kawai_Potato
Kawai_Potato posted in Friends:
Me and my best friend met in this year but we are, or were, really close. I'm transferring to a different school this year. Me and my friend used to text every single day since summer vacation started. Now, we don't text at all! Whenever I text her I know she reads it because I use ######## but she never responds. It can't all be bad timing. I miss my best friend :(
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Clarkguild
Dear Dish-it, Sorry to be a burden, but I need some advice. About a year ago, I decided I didn't want to live with my mom and decided to move in with my dad. After my mom found out, she told me "You are no longer my child, go drop dead and rot in hell for all I care." My siblings, especially my twin, began to threaten me and my father's lives if we were to ever step foot near them again. A year later, my dad and I get in massive fights about everything I do wrong and he never seems to try and see my point of view. He often gets ##### and compares me to my mother and his previous exes. I feel lost on what to do. I feel so alone and so...hurt. Do you have any advice? I know it's pathetic of me to rant on here, but I'm clueless and on the verge of snapping.
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heckinmemes
have you tried punching her and your dad
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