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How did I get addicted so quickly to cutting?

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Last Updated: 04/06/2021 at 10:11am
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July 20th, 2015 4:59pm
When you cut your body releases chemicals in your body that make you feel good, so much like other things that feel good that can be addictive (a decent example in this case is how people can get addicted to sexual pleasure) it is really just that you want to have these chemicals that feel good and the cutting is the way your body has gotten used to getting it so it is the way it will have an addiction to getting it.
May 6th, 2015 3:51pm
Because what you feel when you cut is relief. It makes you feel better, so you keep on cutting and get addicted from it.
April 16th, 2015 5:25pm
Because the first times the best. The first time you experience the relief. That's why it's addicting. The relief gets out of control. You want more and more. And then you keep doing it. It's a cycle.
January 25th, 2016 7:56am
Cutting is highly addictive. When you cut and combine positive thoughts with the action or feeling you want to do it again. Od you don't have any negative emotions about it or do it regulary the body falls into a state of a habbit. If you cut please concider to go to a psychologist. They can and will help you. Talk to someone. You are not alone. And remember: You are beautiful.
October 25th, 2016 2:34am
Cutting is a coping skill that becomes a habit, our brains release chemicals that view it as a stress relief
October 27th, 2016 5:15pm
you got addicted because it momentarily took the pain away. its not a safe coping mechinism. seek professional help, or talk talk to a trusted individual.
January 24th, 2015 9:21am
in your brain it makes serotonin which makes you feel like everything is better for a while. its same like smoking or running, you start to be addicted.
February 7th, 2015 4:34pm
Usually someone around you does it. And when you start you have this surge to do it. It usually develops fast.
January 29th, 2015 7:17pm
It's easy not to go to work/school. It's easy to stay home and watch television all day. You fall into a routine and especially if bad influences are involved, makes habits hard to kick. Rearrange your priorities and have a vision. Pave your way and nothing will stand in it !
April 29th, 2015 11:17am
Cutting is an addiction just like smoking, drinking and drugs. It's quite easy to get addicted to the temporary relief that cutting gives. It can give a sense of control to the individual, control that they may not have in their normal day to day life. But like all addictions, it can be beat, there are many other positive coping strategies that can be used in its place.
December 8th, 2015 12:55am
I controlled the pain. I could ease my mental pain with physical, which was easier to manage. By cutting, I could direct how I felt, rather than let it consume me
March 15th, 2016 8:35pm
i felt as if my pain my heavy heart became lighter as the blood came out. it didnt hurt as i had been hurt quite more from inside before
May 30th, 2016 6:51pm
When you cut the body releases chemicals that make you feel better, which is why so many use it as a coping mechanism. Like a drug, your body becomes addicted to the rush of chemicals that make you feel good and starts to crave it.
August 30th, 2016 3:41pm
It's Suprising how addicting self harming can be. At first it's only a couple of times but then it quickly and scarily escalates. It can be hard to stop but never impossible, doing different things such as doodling instead of cutting can greatly help
October 10th, 2016 7:21pm
Cutting releases 'good feel' chemicals like endorphins and adrenaline. These can give you a rush and may alienate emotional pain temporarily. Your body can build up a tolerance to these chemicals, so need more to feel that same amount of relief again. If it is a go to mechanism to relieve emotional pain, then it can quickly become addictive
April 10th, 2017 4:05pm
The act of cutting releases endorphins in the brain that make you feel a sense of relief and then you associate that feeling with the self harm, this will make it likely that you will keep going back to it.
March 26th, 2019 12:05am
I've been addicted to cutting, and I know how addicting it can be. I think it's addicting because it's the only way someone can feel anything besides anger and sadness. It's something that I've struggled with since I was 12. I knew it was bad, but I couldn't go a day without cutting. I stopped doing it, on my own. It's best to tell someone, even though it may be hard because it can be really hard to quit. I have addictions on both sides of my family, so do struggle with not cutting every day. But when I want to cut, I just go and read a book, listen to encouraging music, or I talk to someone.
September 14th, 2020 4:36pm
Cutting is used as a means of dealing with emotional stress or anguish. Everyone has their own individual reasons for cutting but the main one is escape. Cutting is an outlet that allows the cutter to find a momentary sense of relief. It is a brief distraction from real life problems. Cutting is also an alternative to suicide. It lets experience the relief from our stress much like suicide except it is short lived. Like drugs or alcohol, cutting also has a euphoric high. The adrenaline rush from self harm is rather addicting.
November 3rd, 2020 12:54am
most likely because you felt as though you deserved that type of pain. you didn’t though. sometimes we feel as though we deserve more pain that what we are facing and that is incorrect. your feelings are valid and you matter. Putting the weapon down and trying to distract yourself is very good. Life is too short to hurt ourselves and end up in a bad place. we are stronger than we know and we have to challenge ourselves to realize those things. life is more than a heartbreak or a bad day. your life is precious and you matter.
December 7th, 2020 4:14am
It was a release. It allowed me to feel something when I was so used to feeling nothing at all. It came with such a rush, it was like a drug. I didn't really have a support system in place for when I was in a bad place so I turned to cutting to deal with some of the things going on in my life. I was constantly overwhelmed by everything in my life, and because of that I was just numb. With nobody to talk to and no idea how to vent my problems, I needed a way to get it out of my system. Cutting was just an easy way to feel alive again, and I got addicted to that feeling since I was so numb the rest of the time.
April 6th, 2021 10:11am
A self-harm disorder most often comes about as a way to temporarily relieve and/or cope with deep emotional pain. Self-injury by cutting oneself could provide the individual with relief from a psychological trauma – at least temporarily. The inability to process problems in a healthy way can lead to cutting to express one’s emotions. Cutting might also be a symptom of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, or substance abuse. Cutting does not necessarily mean the person is suicidal. In fact, most people who self-harm by cutting are not trying to kill themselves. Instead, they are trying to express their feelings or ease inner turmoil. Hurting the skin is a temporary distraction from internal pain. It is a destructive behavior, just like a substance use disorder, that serves as a cry for help. If you know someone who is cutting, it can be difficult to detect the issue. Knowing what to look for can help you help your loved one. Temporary relief is often addictive but help is out there with better coping mechanisms.