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What makes me want to cut?

13 Answers
Last Updated: 06/26/2018 at 12:36am
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February 2nd, 2015 4:10pm
Stress and anger are usually the top contenders for triggers, that make people want to self harm. Perhaps it's the stress of every day life, or perhaps anxiety caused by a big event. Sometimes, there's no physical reason for it. If someone's self harmed before, they have a higher chance of going back to it as a coping method, and it could actually end up being pure instinct, rather than something that requires a lot of thought. The important thing to remember, is that those who self harm are not invalidated because of it. Our self harm guide goes through it much more eloquently, and proposes reasons and ways to stop. Please visit here if you're considering self harming, and try one of these alternative methods:
July 13th, 2015 11:41pm
There can be several reasons, most common reasons for cutting are that it is a stress and anxiety relief, it helps the individual cope with difficult emotions.
November 2nd, 2015 6:35pm
I changes from person to person, no two people have exactly the Same reason because life affects everyone differently. I cut because I was stressed and lonely and didn't know how to handle my emotions so I cut to 'release them'
November 23rd, 2015 6:40pm
When someone is making jokes about something I am really insecure about or when I feel left out and alone.
November 24th, 2015 11:11pm
Everyone has a different reason. I think the only way to know for sure is really pay attention to what you are feeling when you feel like cutting and how you feel afterward.
February 9th, 2016 8:53am
Cutting can happen for so many reasons and are unique to an individual. Two major reasons are; addiction to the process & hurting your self due to self-blame. The third most common reason, and Im not sure why they say third, as it seems quite common to me is that people cut to feel physical pain instead of whatever emotional/mental pain they cannot stop.
May 3rd, 2016 1:30pm
You make you want to cut. You are the expert on you and are the only one who has the power to help you overcome this.
May 5th, 2016 1:07pm
Certain triggers may cause you want to cut. Also anxiety if you have bad bad anxiety and or depression, than that might be a factor too..
September 27th, 2016 3:22am
Thinking that my life is going nowhere and that I have nothing to live for. Ot sometimes when I feel like everyone around is better than me and I don't know what I'm doing with my life.
December 5th, 2016 5:46am
Not the case for everyone, but, commonly it's the need to control your own pain. Basically, you're trying to distract from any emotional pain you may be experiencing by creating physical pain to focus on.
June 6th, 2017 4:11pm
The added stress put on you. It's almost natural for most of the population to harm themselves to cope with their pain. I recommend you contact a suicide/cutting hotline for more information.
March 19th, 2018 2:46pm
I've cut myself in the past. I stopped but I used to before. I overthink alot and sometimes it goes over board and get's unbearable. The thoughts in my head are always negative ones and painful ones. So I started cutting so I can get my mind off those thoughts. After I cut I would focus on the pain and I'd feel numb and fall asleep.
June 26th, 2018 12:36am
There can be lots of reasons you get triggered. Maybe talking to a certain person or going on a social media that has images you may find triggering