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I was surfing around and found this article about how to stop cutting yourself. I've hears about this, and saw it in that movie about 13 year olds (I can't remember the name, great movie though). This article said 1 in 25 people "cut" themselves when they are feeling bad. Is this true?? Does anyone actually have experience with this?


Tue. Dec 12, 11:56am

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I have known people who cut themselves. The people I knew were really hard to deal with and hard to try to help, but they loved the attention they got from the people trying to help them. Most of the time, they refused that they even had a problem and that it was just an accident.

On another subject though, I believe I am OCD. My ocd manifests itsself in ways that other people believe I am hurting myself, but I have it rationalized in my mind that I am not.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 12:24 PM

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I was hospitalised for several months for various disturbances, one "symptom" being self-mutilation in different forms. I was on a ward where most of the patients also did so in varying degrees of extremity. I haven't in over two years, but the urge is often there.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 12:26 PM

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I have done it, although not to any extreme degree, and not so that anyone at all noticed. At the time (this was years and years ago) I was in great emotional pain over a guy, and somehow felt that to physically hurt myself gave me a _reason_ to feel so bad. Sort of bringing the physical and the mental into equilibrium, so to speak.

A few months ago I started seeing a guy... ...While in bed one morning I noticed a fine tracery of scars on his left bicep, now partially covered by a tattoo. It took him a while to admit to me what they were from, but indeed, he had at about the same age (late teens/early 20's) done the same thing I had, in almost the exact same circumstances, with the same feelings!!! I was lucky not to have visible scars, I guess.

I also work with someone who has arm scars from similar cutting, similarly in the past: he is gay and was at the time closeted and highly depressed that he would never be accepted. Again, it brought his mental agony and physical being into alignment that "made sense at the time."

So I'm inclined to think that while being hospitalized for such things is unusual, and that cutting to the extent that other people notice if you don't tell them may be unusual, there are a LOT of people who have done it at least once, with only Jack Daniels for company, and for whom it worked well enough that they never needed to do it again.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 12:43 PM

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The movie is called "Thirteen." I just saw it a few weeks ago. It made me sad and worried for my own daughter (who is only 5 right now). But better to be sad and worried but armed with knowledge than to be happy and ignorant.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 12:55 PM

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i've had various friends and roommates who cut themselves, and it's not always an attention thing. i cut in high school sometimes.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 1:43 PM

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This is unbelievable. I've never heard of this.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 3:29 PM

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I used to do it in highschool. still have the scars to prove it. I wonder how many people there are out there who have done it. It is probably more common than we think.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 3:41 PM

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it's unbelievable that you've never heard of this!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 3:41 PM

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12:43 here -- I can tell you that 20 years ago no-one seemed to have heard of it (although as it turns out plenty of people were doing it), and even psychiatrists confused it with suicide attempts. Which it isn't. I tend to think that there is a spectrum of behaviors we label "cutting," some of which are one-offs that aren't indicative of abnormal problems, and others of which are compounded with much worse problems.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 3:46 PM

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I did it in highschool and it was NOT a cry for attention. Nobody knew. It is very hard to explain and I think hard for people who don't experience it to understand. It was my way of dealing with emotions (mainly anger for me) that felt too big to deal with emotionally. I dealt with them physically hence the cutting. It was a release, the emotions I was feeling that felt "too big" were gone. I was never hospitalized or saw anyone about it, I just kind of grew out of it. But it is very real and I think very different from person to person.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 4:23 PM

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