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The Dangers of Cutting

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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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