07 May Cutting
Cutting, also know as “self injurious” behavior in clinical and academic settings, is a phenomenon that most people can’t understand. It’s a behavior whereby a person deliberately cuts or harms themselves to manage their emotional pain. McCarton Ackerman is a talented and incredibly insightful writer who captured the nuances of this difficult topic in his most recent article for TheFix.com. In it he writes,
When 21-year-old Alexa, a student from Los Angeles, speaks about her battle with cutting, she uses the dark language of progressive drug addiction. “I started when I was 19,” she says. “At first, it was very shallow cuts along one specific area of my wrist—just slightly more than a scrape. But as I continued, it progressed. They began going up and down my arms. Within a few months, I had to start going to the hospital and getting stitches for it. After a year, I basically ran out of room on that part of my body.”
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