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It is normal to feel really good or laughing after cutting?

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Last Updated: 10/10/2016 at 4:36pm
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September 21st, 2015 5:35pm
That's why we cut! To feel better! Cutting releases a temporary chemical in our brains that makes us happier for a short while. That is why it's also so addictive.
July 27th, 2015 7:59am
when you self harm your body releases endorphins(natural pain killer). It is the bodies way to control what is going on. Its the reason why you may feel happy and laugh or calm down. This is why many people become addicted to self harming because these endorphins are sort of like a drug .
May 11th, 2015 4:07pm
I know how you feel. When I was a teenager I used to self harm and laugh about it. It made me feel really good, but in the long run you are doing harm to yourself and the scars can last forever in your body.
December 22nd, 2015 11:53am
Yes. When you see blood escape, you may end up feeling good for a while. You feel this way because you feel you have control over whats happening. The basic theory of pain fights pain. You may sometimes end up laughing or crying. Its normal.
June 1st, 2015 6:16am
Yes, it is. Wounds, such as lacerations or incisions (self-inflicted wounds are almost always incisions), especially if it goes rather a bit deep and 'leaks' a lot, makes the brain release the hormone endorphins - or the 'happy' hormone, as it is the hormone that takes over to not make you feel pain too much. That further explains why someone feels some sort of euphoria - happiness or pleasure, in that case - after inflicting pain among themselves, and which is why self-harm has become addictive to some because of the release of this hormone, that is makes them 'feel' good. Chocolate is a great substitute to feel this euphoria, as chocolate, notably dark ones since it induces the release of endorphins.
May 17th, 2016 10:31pm
Depending on the person I think it is normal. It's normal because after yet cut you feel so relived you just want to laugh. It's like you got something off of your chest and you feel really good like a weight was just lifted. This feeling can ne easily replaced though, so you should always find other options besides cutting.
February 8th, 2015 11:05pm
Feeling good immediately after cutting is a normal response, because self-harm is a coping mechanism, therefore, making you feel relieved.
September 15th, 2015 10:20pm
For some people! Nearly everyone experiences a feeling of relief or release after self harming, and for some people that displays itself in laughter or a really good feeling.
September 18th, 2015 1:59pm
Feeling really good after self harming is normal, seeing as people self harm to feel relief, and that may cause some to feel happy again or want to laugh. Self harm can be like a drug to some people, however, and after time, like drugs, the high, happy feeling will be going down and you might find yourself self harming just to feel normal again
September 30th, 2015 8:41pm
It's does make sense as you have use it as a stress reliever, but listening to music, exercising or doing something you love works even better as not only does it relieve stress, act as a coping mechanism and is far more productive than harm but it also refreshes the brain with endorphins making you generally happier and more chill long term and helps you sleep better.
January 18th, 2016 4:58pm
Self injury releases endorphins that trigger a positive response within your mind. Yes, it is normal.
February 16th, 2016 9:46am
i honestly dont know. when i was going through self harm i felt on top of the world but never did deal with laughing
April 11th, 2016 3:43pm
Yes and No. Obviously it's nowhere near a good coping skill to cut, But many people have expressed this feeling that you have when they've cut, Everybody is different, None of us are the same, We all have different coping skills and why we do it, This one unfortunately is a very bad one that requires you to talk to a loved one or a professional about it.
June 13th, 2016 4:23pm
Yes it is. When you cut your body releases endorphins, which are the hormones that make us feel good.
October 10th, 2016 4:36pm
Yes it perfectly normal to feel good after cutting as it is a release of anxiety and stress and anger and other emotions as well some might find laughter afterwards.
January 16th, 2015 5:32am
I think self harm is a serious problem that is no laughing matter minimising the damage and risk if ya self harm is my only response ! So that if you relapse it's into a safer place !