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Cutters
Posted 9/18/09 , edited 9/18/09
Note: This is mainly an american teenage trend.
So this article is not meant as international teen culture.


cutting (urbandictionary)

V. The act of inflicting wounds upon oneself often to deal with overwhelming stress/trauma/ect; a form of self-injury/mutilation.

It is often associated with depression and emo music, and has become a bit of a "fad" with people today.

It often becomes an addiction due to the brain associating it with realease from stress, trauma, tension, ect.



Here are some parts of articles about it
sources below.



Cutting is an increasingly popular behavior among teens—and it doesn't mean skipping classes, anymore. Cutting, with a paper clip, scissors, pen or other sharp object on the skin, is just one of a number of self-injurious behaviors that kids use to hurt themselves.
Wendy Lader, PhD, clinical director of S.A.F.E Alternatives and co-author of Bodily Harm, says self-harm is more prevalent than most people think. “Studies on adolescents in community samples report a lifetime prevalence between 15 and 20 percent,” she says.

So, why would kids purposefully cut themselves? The most common reason is control of emotions, according to Lader. “For kids experiencing intense emotions, it can be used to deaden the intensity. For those feeling a sense of numbness, it serves the opposite effect, helping them feel something,” Lader says.
Experts say for some adolescents, self-injury indicates other mental health concerns, such as depression.
Others use is as a way to fit in with peers. (-Turbo- edit: Not others, Most >_> )

And this behavior can become addictive, according to Susan Bowman, licensed counselor and author of See My Pain: Creative Strategies and Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure. “When kids cut themselves, it releases endorphins and they get a high from it,” she says. “It becomes a control issue: This is the way I release the pressure.”

There are clues that parents can watch for when it comes to self-injury. In addition to unexplained cuts and bruises, a change in communication, eating or sleeping patterns can be red flags. Though parents are understandably appalled at the thought of their child self-injuring, Bowman says this is exactly the reaction to avoid. “If you are shocked by a cut on their wrist, they may not trust you to accept and deal with what’s really bothering them,” she says. “They need caring and nurturing.”




Cutting has become a huge problem with teens today. You probably know someone who cuts. It’s becoming a fad with its own genre of emo music (popular songs such as "Candy Coated Razorblade" and "Razorblade Kiss") and its own celebrity spokespeople, but it is dangerous and addictive for those who start. "The first cut is a result of a large insult or catastrophe, and the second cut takes less provocation. The third cut takes even less, and the next thing you know you are cutting because you anticipate having a bad day, and after that they cut because they are at a low point in [their] mood cycle, and then finally they cut because its been too long since the last cut," said a leading researcher on cutting, Steven Levenkron, in a WebMD interview.

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Self-abusers generally fall into or between two categories, but both are bad behavioral habits, and both show signs of low self esteem and depression. The first are those who show. These are people who are proud of their scars, who are seeking attention and acceptance through self mutilation. They may be punk, emo, or goth, but they generally hang around others who cut, in a sort of sad competition to see who has the worst life. The second category is the hiders. They hide their scars under long sleeves or try to explain them away. The most common excuse for scars is "the cat got me." They have some sort of emotion that they cannot deal with so they take it out on their skin. They are most at risk for being addicted to cutting for the rest of their lives.



http://www.education.com/magazine/article/cutting/
http://www.zimbio.com/Everything+Teen/articles/5/Teen+Cutting
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cutting

Personally I think, life is hard 4 every1 and these kids need to suck it up.
Although alot just do it because they think being emo is cool
and/or need attention.

Disagree?


Posted 9/18/09
They're trying to kill themselves faster, that's a good thing.
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Attention seekers. That's my opinion.
Although not all of them. I'm sure there are some who actually do it because they like the pain, or it makes them feel at ease when they're bleeding. But overall, I think they do it for attention. Attention from their family, friends, or just to create more drama for their own life.
I think it's real stupid. You're giving doctors/counselors/psychologists more work for no reason
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Why are you using Urban Dictionary for something like that..? O_o

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-harm


My opinion of people that cut themselves is usually:


"Boohoo, mummy didn't let me buy that piercing I wanted, my life is so horrible :((( *cuts him/herself*"


In other words, pathetic attention seeking.


Then again, you got those who rely on it to relieve stress, as mentioned. I can sympathize a bit with them, but I take great distance to the act itself. Just reading about the act of cutting yourself, or seeing a picture where an arm/wrist and a blade is present, is enough to make me feel nauseous.

Why you would hurt yourself is beyond me, there are better ways of making you feel better, and if it's for attention - there is amazingly enough better methods for that too.
Posted 9/18/09
^ because urban dictionary is where you get the REAL definitions of words
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Oh, cutters?

I have nothing against people who cut themselves, but I always have wondered why they do that. It's just foolish to cut yourself, if you didn't got the clothes or game you wanted from your parents. Then again, the word is full with pathetic people like that.

Posted 9/18/09
I used to cut myself like few years ago, for love.
It was stupid.
One of my friend does it still. Told him to stop~
I think people do it to find attention, like they want people to care.
But it's stupid, I don't even know why i did that.
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i get cuts and bruises on me without trying... so i have no need for self-harm.
but for those who know a self-harmer, give them a smile and a sandwich and i'm sure they'll perk up
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I think its silly really there nothing worth inflicting self harm upon ones self... I know a lot of people do it when they become heart broken but the only person its affecting is you its not gonna fix what was broken =/. Just move on an stop wasting 911's time ._.
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The impression I get are that the majority of them are spoiled brats.

But there's this one girl I knew who was a total perfectionist, I noticed one day she had massive white scars up her arms. I know she's a perfectionist because she was turned down by a beauty contest, for being too young, and took it as a criticism on her appearance.This was a year or two after I noticed the marks so don't go misreading this and think that was the cause. I was never explicitly told the cause but she did say one time something like "I used to... because I had so much anger and didn't know how to deal with it"

I get pissed sometimes and have to punch something, which usually ends up being my wall and it HURTS. But it helps me calm down and I suppose it's a similar thing with self harmers?

But nothing annoys me more than people who do it to try and relate to emo kids. They're doing it to fit in. WTF?
Attention whores. DIAF.
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Sunnyxx wrote:

The impression I get are that the majority of them are spoiled brats.

But there's this one girl I knew who was a total perfectionist, I noticed one day she had massive white scars up her arms. I know she's a perfectionist because she was turned down by a beauty contest, for being too young, and took it as a criticism on her appearance.This was a year or two after I noticed the marks so don't go misreading this and think that was the cause. I was never explicitly told the cause but she did say one time something like "I used to... because I had so much anger and didn't know how to deal with it"

I get pissed sometimes and have to punch something, which usually ends up being my wall and it HURTS. But it helps me calm down and I suppose it's a similar thing with self harmers?

But nothing annoys me more than people who do it to try and relate to emo kids. They're doing it to fit in. WTF?
Attention whores. DIAF.



Even though i get what your saying there still no reason to cut her self. She could go talk to someone about it if it bugs her that much or really as a friend if it happens again you should say something to her maybe she wants someone to notice. Sometimes even the best of people want attention to.
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Pyxidis wrote:

Even though i get what your saying there still no reason to cut her self. She could go talk to someone about it if it bugs her that much or really as a friend if it happens again you should say something to her maybe she wants someone to notice. Sometimes even the best of people want attention to.


Am. I tried to clarify. Buttt apparently I wasn't clear enough? I barely know this girl, I wouldn't call her a friend as I haven't seen her in over a year now - even before I only spoke to her a couple of times in class. And well so far as I know she doesn't do it any more. Last I saw of her the scars had faded and it's not like nobody would notice - she likes short sleeves. She's openly talked about it and actually admitted it to the whole class that she used to cut, when the issue came up.

Sorry I thought I'd made it clear that she'd stopped...
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Sunnyxx wrote:


Pyxidis wrote:

Even though i get what your saying there still no reason to cut her self. She could go talk to someone about it if it bugs her that much or really as a friend if it happens again you should say something to her maybe she wants someone to notice. Sometimes even the best of people want attention to.


Am. I tried to clarify. Buttt apparently I wasn't clear enough? I barely know this girl, I wouldn't call her a friend as I haven't seen her in over a year now - even before I only spoke to her a couple of times in class. And well so far as I know she doesn't do it any more. Last I saw of her the scars had faded and it's not like nobody would notice - she likes short sleeves. She's openly talked about it and actually admitted it to the whole class that she used to cut, when the issue came up.

Sorry I thought I'd made it clear that she'd stopped...




Ahh i see im glad to see she knew it was a problem an actively sought help that's awesome that takes a lot for a person to do it shows she a really strong person ^^
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Posted 9/18/09
Their just hungry tigers

Cutting is bull =(
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i think it's stupid , especially when it's those i-wanna-fit-in-so-i'll-just-act-emo-and-cut-maself turds.
Ohh nooo my iPod broke~~ and i lost my eyeliner and mum won't buy me a new one she doesn't understand
me ma life is so hard
;__; *cut*
-_- blah.




i like turtles 8D
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