For some teens, cutting is a way to release pain. The most common method used for self-harm, cutting refers to using a sharp object to cut into the skin, and it’s important to note that many times, people who cut don’t want to seriously harm or kill themselves.
The Dangers of Cutting Every Teen Should Know
That said, the dangers of cutting shouldn’t be overlooked. Cutting is a serious issue, and it can be life-threatening. Let’s review the risk factors.
Cutting can become habit-forming, and it can represent a compulsion similar to addiction. That means that you become more and more desensitized to the pain.
Over time, you build a tolerance to the behavior, with the result that you engage in it more and more frequently and even increase the intensity of how you cut and/or how deep. Compulsions can be extremely difficult to quit, even when you feel ready to stop.
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Excess bleeding can happen accidentally, but it can cause shock. Even with moderate blood loss, you might start feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or nauseous. You may even faint.
That said, you can’t always determine the severity of a cut by the amount it bleeds. Sometimes severe injuries draw very little blood. However, if untreated it can result in an infection, which may require medical attention.
Final Thoughts on the Dangers of Cutting
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- Self-injury (Cutting, Self-Harm or Self-Mutilation). (2019). Mental Health America. https://www.mhanational.org/conditions/self-injury-cutting-self-harm-or-self-mutilation
- Hepler, L. (2014, July 30). Stopping Bleeding. Healthline; Healthline Media. https://www.healthline.com/health/first-aid/stopping-bleeding#cuts-and-wounds