Cutting is a popular way for teens to self-injure without the intent of suicide. Using scissors, razor blades, pins, pens, or other sharp objects, some teenagers puncture or cut their skin in various places on the body. Simply put, cutting is a maladaptive coping mechanism during times of stress and anxiety that is rarely accompanied by suicidal thoughts. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy , self-harming behavior such as cutting has no single cause. It does not discriminate across cultural and socioeconomic levels, but the behavior is predominately carried out by females. Reasons behind teen cutting are varied.
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Cutting is a type of self-harm in which teens deliberately cut or scratch themselves with knives, razor blades, or other sharp objects, but not with any intention of trying to commit suicide. Other self-harm behaviors can include head-banging, branding or burning their skin, overdosing on medications, and strangulation. These behaviors are more common than you might think and affect up to 16 percent of teenagers and young adults. Parents and pediatricians often have a hard time understanding why teens would cut or do other things to harm themselves.
Cutting is a very serious and detrimental behavior that some people engage in as a coping mechanism for a difficult time in their life. Cutting can become addictive and may require professional help to stop. If you engage in self-harming behaviors such as cutting, it is important to seek help and and deal with the underlying emotions driving your behaviors as quickly as possible.