Anonymous asked:

Why is cutting bad?

tswatch answered:

Cutting is a very harmful way of coping, and there are much healthier ways.  First of all, self-harm is extremely addictive (just as addictive as drugs or alcohol).  Every time you self-harm (by cutting, for example), your body releases endorphins.  Your brain becomes dependent on these endorphins, so that whenever you are feeling pain - be it mental, emotional, or physical - your brain encourages you to self-harm in order to obtain the endorphins it craves.  The more you self-harm, the more endorphins your brain wants, causing you to self-harm even more.  It’s a dangerous, vicious cycle that can quickly spin out of control.  

This is how many people find themselves cutting deeper and wider, and the worse the wound, the more likely that person is to have permanent muscular or nerve damage.  Never mind that awful scars that will be left behind.  

The larger wounds are also more susceptible to infection.  While any wound can (and will) get infected, it’s much harder to properly clean and care for a larger injury.  Infections can lead to serious complications: high fevers that can cause brain damage, sepsis (which can lead to death), gangrene (which can result in the loss of digits or limbs), staff infections, and various other issues.

Due to these dangerous, it is important that anyone who is self-harming begins the process of recovery as soon as possible.  Just keep in mind that because self-harm is addictive, it’s very common to relapse.  There is no reason to give up or feel ashamed if you do relapse, as it is often a part of the process.  Instead, celebrate every victory: every time you make it one more day clean.  

Here are some further links on self harm:




Info about self harm and recovery.



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