because it relives pain, emotional pain. when you cant take it anymore you find other ways to deal with it. it becomes like a drug, like an emotional pain reliever, and like drugs, its also addicting. and even though you think you have it under control, you cant stop, and you think you can keep it on one spot, but you cant, you start to do it in more places, it might start on your wrist and work up, then you run out of skin, and maybe you go to your leg or somewhere else. and they start to get deeper and deeper. and it slowly takes over you.
many reasons. attention/ abandonment issues some sort of dissatisfied image of yourself or dealing with your trauma . except now and days it seems pretty mainstream almost like just do it cuz everyone else is and announce it to the world 800 times on websites... which is pretty sick
Well yeah a lot of kids do it for attention, and think that people will think they are cool or something. But some other kids dont like attention at all, and try to avoid people. They do it because of the bad memories in their life and they hurt them selves because they believe all they deserve is pain.
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It is a maladaptive behavior to relieve anxiety. If you cut, you may have a serious mental disorder. Get some psychotherapy ASAP before you hurt yourself and cut too deep. Don't delay; this is serious.
To punish ourselves, because we feel guilty. To externalize our emotions, make physical pain that is stronger than our emotional pain. To feel something, anything, when we're so numb to life we can't take it anymore. To express anger. To express hatred, especially of ourselves. To express fear. To control something, anything. To make a mark on our bodies that says what we can't tell with words. To get the soothing hormone release that comes from crying, only stronger. To test our own endurance or pain resistance. To feel powerful. To see the blood. To act out what we believe others would like to do to us. To feel the pain.
I used to self harm a few years ago, but I've stopped completely. I did it because the physical pain distracted me from the emotional pain. When someone harms themselves, a chemical called endorphins, a natural pain reliever, is released in the brain. This causes a "happy" feeling. There are so may ways of releasing endorphins though, like exercising or just walking in the sun! Everyone handles and feels depression in different ways, unfortunately some end up self harming. And no, it's not for "attention", I never flaunted my cuts, I did everything I could to hide them. Which just added even more stress onto me and now I have several ugly cuts all over my left arm. I really wish I had just gotten help sooner.