Mental health professionals use the term “cutting” to describe behavior using a sharp instrument to draw blood from your body. Usually they are surface cuts which may leave a person’s arm or leg looking striped with scars. Sometimes people may cut deeper and can cause serious bleeding and even possibly death if they cut a vein. Most cutters are teens and young adults that need counseling to help turn this behavior around.
Most cutters are depressed. They feel numb and empty. Some say they don’t feel alive. When they cut they enjoy the feeling and they may say that it makes them feel alive. Seeing the blood also gives them a sense of having something inside –not being empty. (more…)