Do You Think Your Teen Is Cutting? You're Not Alone
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Many times, the urge to cut stems from underlying depression, and is a physical way for a person to feel relief from the tension or stress she may have in her life. The Self Injury Foundation lists some other reasons, including:
The warning signs
The lack of statistics on cutting makes it even more important for parents to be vigilant about the warning signs of cutting and NSSI. Mental Health America provides some possible warning signs, such as:
Another worrying trend is that modern technology may encourage people to talk about, even glorify, cutting. Teams at Cornell University and Stanford University are beginning to study the impact self-injury websites have on cutters, and are using studies that have been done on pro-eating disorder websites as a jumping-off point for their research.