Contrary to some beliefs, cutting is not a suicide attempt, but rather a survival tactic, to release the pain and cope with life.
Cutting is a symptom of underlying issues that can range from self-loathing to severe mental health problems, and for those who cut themselves, it is a temporary outlet for their internal pain.
So, why would one resort to cutting over drugs, alcohol, gambling, sexual activity, or eating, to ease inner turmoil?
Bullying is one of the most disturbing ways to demoralize another human being, especially those as sensitive as young people.
When a student is bullied in school, the likelihood is that he or she will not have a solid group of friends with whom there can be an outlet for the pain inflicted.
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Cutting is one in a complex group of behaviors known as self-harm that involves a deliberate decision to mutilate or hurt oneself.Many kids are embarrassed by being victims of bullying, and will not report it to a school administrator or their parents for fear of retaliation or the appearance of weakness.Without any other positive source for expressing or coping with their trauma, many victims of bullying turn to self-hurting methods, cutting is the most common.Affecting young people aged 12-24 years old, cutting is the most common of all self-harm methods.Some additional ways of self-harm include: Cutting falls under the category of self-harm in the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and is classified as a symptom of borderline personality disorder.This is not an indication of a security issue such as a virus or attack.