If you are reading this article, chances are either you cut or you know someone who does. If you have stumbled upon this article in error, cutting may not be a term you are familiar with in this sense. Today, the issue of children, teenagers, and even young adults cutting is becoming a bigger problem than many adults are aware of.
Cutting Is Self Injury
The act of cutting is when someone intentionally commits self injury. The act of cutting may be performed as a self injury of varying degrees. On one hand you may have Susie who cuts superficially in areas of her body that are easily seen. Does this mean Susie is just seeking attention? Not necessarily, it may be a cry for help and without help the cutting may get deeper.
What about Leslie? Leslie cuts herself on her upper arms, legs and abdomen. Leslie cuts deep and many times leaves scars. No one sees Leslie’s cuts, yet it still may be a cry for help. Leslie’s cutting may be a cry for help that she is too afraid to truly ask for or maybe has been denied in the past. Leslie’s cutting may be more than a cry for help, it may be her way of dealing with her emotional pain.
Cutting and self injury can go beyond a razor cut, needle cut or a knife cut. Some cut so deep they are left with disfiguring scars. Cutters may even cut themselves and then burn the cut to ensure the scars stay forever. Cutting may include words cut into the skin or just randoms cuts around the body.
Cutting may or may not be a precursor to a suicide attempt. Cutting is often understood as a way for someone to release emotional distress that they do not know how to otherwise release. Cutting itself is generally not a suicide attempt as the person is not looking to die, although it may be a result.
Who Is Cutting?
If you are a parent, this is most likely one of the scarier things you have had to look up. Cutting is more common than you may think. Although the numbers are not confirmed as precise statistics, there are some statistics available on cutting. Teenhelp.com reports that of girls in their teens (age 13-19), one in every two hundred are regularly cutting themselves.
Surprising to many, the typical person who injures themselves is well educated and falls in the middle to upper middle class. Teenhelp.com also suggests that again although the statistics are not well detailed, cutting is on the rise.
This article is for reference only, please consult your Doctor for medical advice.
Source: Self, http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-health/cutting-stats-treatment.html