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What do I do when I think I've cut too deep?

129 Answers
Last Updated: 02/19/2019 at 10:07pm
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Top Rated Answers
January 7th, 2016 3:25pm
go to the hospital, tell who ever's in your house, this can be extremely dangerous, and can cause permanent damage
January 9th, 2016 1:07am
First, put pressure on the cut and if possible lift it above heart level. If the bleeding slows then clean the cut and bandage it tightly. If the blood flow refuses to decrease you should go to the emergency room to get stitches.
January 9th, 2016 11:06am
Immediately tell someone. You need to get help. It might be scary to tell people but if you don't things could go badly
January 9th, 2016 10:24pm
I start to cover it up with a towel clean everything away and bandage it up and maybe tell someone I trust
January 10th, 2016 11:44am
Call a doctor imediatelly. Hold the arm or whatever up to make sure you dont lose to much blood. your life depends
January 10th, 2016 1:45pm
I would like to advise although it may be unhelpful to do so to take yourself to the ER as soon as possible. Do not wait and see a medical staff in the ER and they should help you.
January 10th, 2016 9:07pm
If your family don't know about your self-harming problem. Do not let them know, take a wet towel, do not let it fully-wet, press it hard on the cut, wrap it with a gauze bandage. try to seek medical help on the Internet whether there is anything else you could do. keep it pressed for a long time before wrapping it.
January 21st, 2016 4:42am
Get help! Bandage yourself up and get help. It's going to be hard but it will most definitely be worth it.
January 21st, 2016 8:08am
you either call the hotline number to get help and assistance but if you cant get that number then you call 911
January 21st, 2016 3:36pm
Emergency room! Now! Your safety is WAY more important than the judgement of others at this point. (If you don't bleed out, it could get infected. Trust me, I've had a nasty self-harm infection before and you do NOT want one) Stay brave, we're here for you.
January 21st, 2016 11:09pm
Seek assistance. Don't be afraid to ask someone for help because this can lead to many complications.
January 23rd, 2016 1:46am
Call 911. Immediately. They can check you up, and you will get help. Don't get lost with yourself. You're worth living.
January 23rd, 2016 11:39pm
Call an ambulance! And secure the wound so you don't loose too much blood (if the wound is too deep and big)
January 24th, 2016 4:56am
Call 911. If you've cut too deep it could be life-threatening, and you should seek immediate medical assistance.
January 24th, 2016 3:12pm
Clean the wound(s), stop the bleeding and go find some help. Either family, friends or even a doctor
January 25th, 2016 11:43am
stop doing it and call emergancy
January 27th, 2016 5:15pm
I regret it. I wish I had been able to stop myself, I wish I had thought ahead and stopped myself, you cant take it back, after the anger I use that to motivate me to stay safe the next time I have the desire to cut. I write down my feelings after the feelings of regret and remorse and the next time I read those notes, I remind myself of why I need to stay clean
January 27th, 2016 10:25pm
Get help. If you are alone call 911 trust me we don't want you gone. If you have your parents their or a friend get them to help.
January 28th, 2016 3:25am
Keep pressure on the wound, alert someone close by and if needed, contact emergency services. Please don't keep it to yourself
January 30th, 2016 6:10pm
I've dealt with this problem before. You need to apply pressure to the cut to try and stop the bleeding. Make sure to clean the blood away before it dries because that doesn't help. Then if it stops bleeding good job! Clean it and put a bandaid on it but if it doesn't then get some help from an adult immediately!! It could be life threatening if you cut too close to a vein! Hope this helps:)
February 4th, 2016 7:06am
If you believe that you have cut to deep then you need to let someone know so they can help you clean your cuts and get help
February 4th, 2016 10:06pm
Get some help. Go to an adult, or if it keeps bleeding and its a heavy flow you should call 911. Apply pressure to it, and dont change the bandage
February 5th, 2016 10:33pm
Go to the hospital. Cutting too deep can result in major blood loss and possibly death. It's scary, but it's what you need to do.
February 5th, 2016 11:44pm
If you can't patch it up yourself, call for help immediately. Don't be ashamed because emergency services will not judge you.
February 7th, 2016 3:57pm
If you think that you have cut too deep, the best and safest thing for you to do is go to the hospital. They will be able to help you stop the bleeding and will make sure that you are safe.
February 11th, 2016 7:03am
If you think you've cut too deep get rags or anything to put pressure, hold for about 20 minutes (don't look) if it's gapping open, gently close wound with index finger and thumb if bleeding doesn't stop after 5 to 10 minutes of pressure, call 911.
February 11th, 2016 6:43pm
Put a bandage over it as best you can and add to it - do not remove the layers. Then go to a hospital! You need to make sure you didn't cut anything vital and if it's deep enough, you may need stitches.
April 5th, 2016 1:04pm
Seek medical attention as soon as you can, put something over the cut and put pressure on the wound.
April 11th, 2016 7:38pm
You stop cutting! You're literally shorting you life; one could even say you're killing yourself very slowly. Bandage the wound (its just a slit, so it will heal if you block the wound from letting blood out) And call 911 so they can properly deal with it and send you to a therapist
April 12th, 2016 5:03pm
Tell an adult immediately and if needed, call 911