Do teenagers cut themselves because they want attention or because it makes them feel better (though I don't know how that would work)?
From my rudimentary understanding it seems to be about feeling in control.
Had a friend who used to cut himself with broken glass. Can't say he did it on purpose. He just liked the scars.
Oops. He did it on purpose. I just don't think it was to gain attention.
It's a cry for attention because they need help!
Obviously they need help.
Obviously. You should read the comments of my "have you blocked any SOH users" poll. It's very relevant.
I have a friend that used to cut and it was for attention because they feel like none gives them enough attention
Both. But simply dismissing it as a "cry for attention" doesn't give the problem it's due justice.
it's not all teens you should fix that
I didn't say it was all teens.
Nah, I think its attention. I don't see why else they'd do it. It doesn't solve the problem.
Sick kids DUH
I don't get it either. Weird stuff.
More like shitty coping mechanisms
I feel like it's a mixture of both. You cut to release the pain, and so that someone might understand you're really crying for help. I haven't ever done it so I could entirely wrong
Actually you're right. The physical pain releases the emotional pain.
Most of the girls that I know who did that covered their arms so people couldn't see...suggesting that they didn't want the attention. In my experience, they did it to feel better. Kind of an emotional release along with the physical.
Shared. Hope that's ok. I should have asked first.
This has been my experience as well. The several I've known who have been cutters all kept it hidden too. All have described it similarly; a better pain than the emotional pain they're in, a way to forget about their emotional pain, a release, etc.
Yeo..."release" is the word I always heard.
A friends niece is a cutter. But based on my conversations with my friend, she clearly needed help coping with life and daily issues. Cutting is to release pain but I think it's because they don't know how to deal any other way!
But it took a while to get to the cutting point, parents just overlooked the mood swings as teen angst! The signs (wanting help) were there, but overlooked bc they just thought she was moody (which most teens are to some degree).
I don't know that either is wholly accurate - and it depends on the individual in question. My understanding is that a significant percentage of cutting occurs due to high levels of stress and anxiety. It becomes a means of relieving the stress by
providing a kind of release for the stress. Basically, the teen relieves the anxiety by causing physical pain to replace the psychological pain (teens are far from the only ones who use physical pain as a mechanism to alleviate psychological pain).
So the second answer seems to come closest.
It can easily be both. It can be an externalization of internal pain and a cry for help.
Also, be very careful with questions and comments that trivialize mental illness.
People, especially young people, will refuse to seek help because they don't want to be labeled negatively.
There's no shame for visiting a doctor for s broken
...bone and there shouldn't be any shame for visiting a doctor for mental health issues.
Except job denial