Some people do it for attention or a thrill, and some people do it because they're depressed. They feel worthless, alone, ugly. When you cut, your mind focuses on nothing but the pain of the wound, and you temporarily forget about the pain in your heart. Because that person forgets the pain, it becomes an addiction to cut. I just wish that the people who cut will realize how stupid they're being.
The first reason - they are young.......I have yet to hear from an adult that thinks it's an acceptable thing to do Second reason - they believe that it somehow "helps" them to cope.....I bet they'll have a whole different opinion when they are older and have arms full of disgusting scars....
I myself am a self-harmer. People do it, well, mostly from depression. Or mental anxiety. Some people do it to relieve the pent up stress and pain they have been receiving. I, and most others, do it as a sort of... Self-punishment. To hurt ourselves, because we are not worth it. I deserve the pain. (This is where six years of hatred and bullying have left me...) This mostly has to do with pain and hurt inner wise from past or present accurances, but there are many answers to your question, and some people may do it for attention. I'm not sure. I don't think this helps very much... But these were a few examples of why people harm themselves.
you know how when you cry you feel very sad and frustrated, but when you finally stop crying you feel a little better and can face the cause of your problems. i think that people who cut are just trying to bring back that feeling because crying no longer works.
A common belief regarding self-harm is that it is an attention-seeking behavior; however, in most cases, this is inaccurate. Many self-harmers are very self-conscious of their wounds and scars and feel guilty about their behavior leading them to go to great lengths to conceal their behavior from others. They may offer alternative explanations for their injuries, or conceal their scars with clothing. Self-harm in such individuals may not be associated with suicidal or para-suicidal behavior. People who self-harm are not usually seeking to end their own life; it has been suggested instead that they are using self-harm as a coping mechanism to relieve emotional pain or discomfort or as an attempt to communicate distress. Alternatively, interpretations based on the supposed lethality of a self-harm may not give clear indications as to its intent: life risking behaviour may have no suicidal intent, whilst seemingly superficial cuts may have been a suicide attempt.
I do for a few reasons.. but pretty much everyone's different. for one, self inflicted harm creates a sensation of euphoria. this happens because the brain processes the sudden pain and quickly attempts to ease it by momentarily boosting your level of seratonin, or happiness, that gives you what feels like a three second adrenalin rush. also in cases where you have unexplainable/ incurable diseases that cause constant chronic pain for absolutely no reason.. cutting makes me feel like for once i have control of my body. so I know when and where and why I have pain for a moment or two.. it's comforting and makes me feel dominant over what I can't control . and third, I have an addiction to it. I mean a legitiment diagnosis of addiction to self harm :p I'm in once a week rehab for it. so , like I said everyone's different. this is just me.
Having cut before, I have a pretty good answer. Honestly, a little part of it was for the attention. But not attention just to get attention, I did it so that I knew people cared about me. I know it doesn't make sense to most people, but it was what helped me. The initial reason I started doing it was because my parents went through and extremely difficult divorce and I was caught right in the middle of it. Then I ended up moving out of my dads house and my dad still berated me with his words, and so it was hard for me to deal with that too. Cutting was a way for me to just release my feelings, and after a while, (as crazy as it sounds) the stinging of my arms would help me get to sleep at night. I know this might sound ridiculous, but I'm just trying I help you better understand!