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Why are kids cutting themselves? I really don't understand.

Doesn't it hurt? Why do they do it? I know about depression, but what actually causes them to do it?

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It's different for everyone. Some of the reasons are stress, heartache, feeling overwhelmed, depression, seeking attention, adrenaline rush, frustration. A lot of the same reasons that people smoke, drink or use drugs.

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Why don't people just punch themselves in the face. If cutting is done to feel things a punch in the face would do the same. Probably toughen up some of these kids also.
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It sure seems a lot simpler to me.
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For one reason or another, i figure they want attention.

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I Used to Cut an I most definitely didnt do it for attention..
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Well ya see... They were supposed to learn that pain is bad. For some reason they never grasped that concept.

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To get attention.

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What's up buddah? Have you given your girl that beautiful ring yet????
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She's had the ring for about two months now. It's on to wedding planning now.
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Or as l like to call it. Spending more money that we don't have.
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Lol! The American way...
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They don't have no damn common sense. That's all.

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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!

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Very honest answer...very heartfelt...I hope you're not caught in that cycle still. Best of wishes to you.
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The first thing is they don't know the importance of their own lives and bodies. the kids are now a days brought up with much attention of their parents and hence they do not even care about what their parents would think about it.
They might do it out of depression but one should always think about the consequences and think twice before taking any such step.
Some children might think it's COOL to do so. It also depends on the mentality of his/her friends. Some might do it cuz all his/her friends do or even to get attention.
But at last it all ends up at their own thinking way. One should think about the people around him/her before doing anything. One should never forget that the harm will be caused not only to them but also to the people around them.

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I Used to cut Actually not recently but 3 months ago and I got sent to a mental hospital . We don't do it for attention some do though but I did not i did it because i had depression anxiety and an eTing disorder you just get the satisfaction by inflicting the pain ur feeling inside on your self and it makes you feel better or the sight of just seeing ur blood gives u that for filled feeling..we do I because we're sad depressed it differs. From person to person were not emo were ppl cx But I'm getting help so it's all good :D

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I hope you have great success. Best wishes.
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Thanks(:
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I feel its a escape from there problems,issues instead of hurting others they rather hurt themselves there for they have been hurt a millions of times and bullying can cause alot of stuff especially being bullied by not only parents but friends or people at school it can cause depression alot of symptoms of depression then sucide thoughts and more some people don't realize the damage they do to a person when bullying but at the same time its hard to make a change if there arent enough people willing to help or make a big of a difference or stand up for whats right the stress, the pressure to be something everyday and to make a life of there own or to create a path to sucess can be alot for people who have tried and feel like that everything they do just never works or seem to plz people or the important people in there life the pressure to be what society see us as or want us to be can be alot people discover hurt in many ways and cutting seems to. be the escape of pain cause by everyones dissapointment your more likely gonna hurt yourself than hurt others because you feel attack or responsible or like the bad one

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It's a way of escape.. They don't do it for attention because usually they never show anyone and that's how it usually goes on for so long without them getting help. And it does hurt but they do it for the pain. It feels good. It's the pain that blocks out other stressful stuff a little while.

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Some people do it when there in pain, to get attention, when people bully them, I have never really understood why

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