Adolescents and Cutting
Self-cutting is a form of intentional self-injury/mutilation without the intent of suicide. Troubled teens use sharp objects such as razors, knives, sharp stones and even broken glass, but when such items are not available they resort to things like pencil erasers (which will break the skin through hard rubbing). Common cut sites on the body include wrists, ankles and lower legs, abdomen, inner thighs and other areas that can be easily hidden so that the behavior can continue without interference. If you fear for your child and are seeking help, please contact C.A.R.E. Schools today.
Cutting was earlier assumed to be found in those who were schizophrenic, severely depressed, chemically dependent, or had a history of abuse, but the increase of cutting occuring in adolescents is among youths without these factors. Primarily, cutting is a means to cope with painful emotions spurring from an intolerable psychological situation. It provides temporary relief from anxiety and agitation by a release of feel-good endorphines the body releases as natural pain relievers, which can be addictive. This is why cutting is rarely a solitary incident.
Warning Signs of Cutting
Cutting instruments found in your child's belongings
Wearing long pants and long-sleeve shirts consistently (even in warmer weather)
Blood stains on clothing
Seeking isolation and privacy when emotionally distraught
Many would think, "Why would anyone do such a thing to themselves?" or "How can they do something so stupid for attention?". Most of these teens go out of their way to keep their cutting a secret. Their emotional pain is more intense than the average persons, and they are not stupid; these troubled teens tend to be more aware and sensitive, denoting intelligence for the human condition. C.A.R.E. Schools are group homes, residential treatment centers and alternative schools that are monitored 24/7 by caring, licensed clinicians and knowledgable, genuine staff members. Troubled teens who cut themselves could greatly benefit from the services that C.A.R.E. Schools have to offer, for they would be taught more about their condition and build coping mechanisms and healthy habits. With familial, individual and group therapy, they will work through their problems and fears.