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cutting on self
January 21, 2006
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Has anyone struggled with self mutilation because nothing else seems to take the pain away quite like it? I do not do it all the time but am afraid it will turn into yet another addiction. It brings relief quite like nothing else seems to.

January 21, 2006
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I have heard that cutting yourself could just be an underlying issue.
Maybe there is a bigger picture to why you cut.

There is a book on this

good reference is a book called A Bright Red Scream : Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong.

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January 22, 2006
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MT2

I have never cut myself. I used to and somethimes still love to pull out my hair.

I think for me its underlying anger and fear. Maybe

What do you think?

Garfield

January 22, 2006
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MT2,

Cutting can be a symptom of Bonderline Personality Disorder. My sister is a specialist in this area. Which, of course, does not make me anything near one. I only know that the theory with cutting is pretty much as you expressed it.

A person can be in deep emotional pain and anguish. No one can see that pain or understand that the person suffering is hurting at all. Cutting and creating a wound is making a physical manifestation of the inner, hidden pain. That wound now isn't just on the inside. It is on the outside where all can see it and say, "Oooo, that looks sore. That must hurt." When the pain is emotional and hidden no one sees it or acknowledges it. When it is manifested physically, it can be more readily acknowledged.

You are right. If you don't seek some help (preferably psychiatric help), you may get worse. You may continue to cut yourself, injuring yourself more and worse.

I may be off base here, but I am wondering if you can channel that frustration and pain into something perhaps mildly physically punishing but healthier, such as running or weight lifting. Swimming laps (at the local "Y") could also be a chance to push yourself physically but is at the same time peaceful and meditative. Just be careful 'cause exercise can become an obsession/addiction too.

I am a singer and when I am angry, hurt, frustrated, whatever ... I sing out my heart (or lungs) as loudly and lustily as I can. It is a great outlet. Try to find an expression for your emotions other than cutting. Think "tortured artist." I am just kidding a bit. But look at all the beautiful music, art, poetry etc. born of pain.

Your pain is real. You feel it. We acknowledge it. Now let it begin to heal.

Peace,
Mishy

January 22, 2006
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I used to cut. It can get out of hand, you know. Please get some help for it. It's a way of saying that there's another, worse pain.

February 7, 2006
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i still do cut and i feel your pain and understand how ur feeling wen u cut ... im here if u need 2 vent

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