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I'm totally shocked by the number of people who find it neccessary to critisize and make fun of cutters. Cutting is a seriuos issue and is no more worty of being made fun of than any other illnesses (down syndrome, diabetes, mental retardation). Cutting is often a sign of bigger issues that need immediate attention, such as depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, ect. The strange thing about human psychology is that there are no set rules. Everyone is different and expresses themselves in their own way. You don't have to have the worste past in the world to be depressed. Depression is a chemical disorder in your brain that can be passed down geneticly. Just because your parents are rich or not divorced doesn't mean that you cannot have depression. In my experiances depression is triggered by life events that overwhelm the affected person. A death in the family may not bother some as much as it does others. There is no chart to say how sad you should be for each of lifes events, and no way of avoiding your genetic past. Also, the sterotype of mostly girls commiting SI is obsurd. Males are just as likely to SI as females. Maybe they dont seek help like females or do it in different ways (punching walls, knowingly doing dangerous things, ect.).

Athough I will admit that in the large numbers of people in the world it has to be true that some peope cut just for attention. These people can usually be uncovered by listening to them talk. Most cutters tell only the people closest to them (spouse, close friend ect.). Attention seekers would have to let almost everyone they know about thier actions in order to recieve the attention desired. Althought I'm sure there are people who are just tired of hiding thier actions, and decide that they don't care who finds out and judges them, but that doesn't mean they will advertise their affliction. It would become increasing difficult to hide the longer you cut since you will eventually run out of space on your commonly covered skin.
I had the perfect childhood, parents were supportive and married, but am still somehow unexplainably sad, bitter and my glass is half empty. Being a cutter helps releive my stress and anger.
V.S.
My mom left when I was 3 and my dad beat me, but I adapted and overcame those obsitcles and am now a stronger person. I would never imagine harming myself.

by slyh20 April 02, 2006
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a cutter is someone who cuts themselves usually, but not limited to, on their inner forearms, thighs, shoulders, stomachs, etc. some people cut themselves to get attention from others, this is NOT IN ANY WAY A GOOD IDEA, and it makes people think that cutting is just a cry for attention. most cutters hide their scars, but not all do. they may wear long sleeves, pants, bracelets, etc. just because someone does not hide their scars, does not mean they are an attention cutter. it just means they are tired of hiding, or not ashamed of what they do. DO NOT stereotype cutters as "emos" or "goths". it hurts to be called that, i know from experience.
last ignorant person to define "cutter": A cutter is an individual usually a teenager, who uses the repeated slices of their skin with sharp objects as a supposed release from their inner anguish. In truth, these individuals are simply too stupid to know they could just as easily get mental care from a licensed pyschiatrist instead of permanently scarring themselves and adding to their self loath and low self esteem. If you know a cutter, do the right thing, tell a responsible caregiver who can help them, the scars that a cutter leaves upon themselves are simply cries for help.

me: THIS IS NOT WHAT A CUTTER IS, WE ARE NOT TOO STUPID TO GET MEDICAL HELP. WE JUST HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL PAIN THEN "NORMAL PEOPLE" DO.
by Brookie Iksoham July 10, 2008
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Cutter: To be a cutter is a serious thing that needs to be addressed with an intervention and possibly rehab. Most people associate being emo with cutters but that isn't true it can happen to anyone. It releases natural chemicals in your body to make you feel temporarily better. It usually only lasts a day before the person needs to cut again.
this may seem like a stupid thing to do! but i did it for nearly a year. it got so bad as to be an addiction. when i finally had an intervention i decided to quit myself and skip rehab. i'm glad to say i've been clean for nearly a year but quitting was the hardest thing i've ever done. i'd sit in a corner and shake because my body was addapting so poorly. i couldn't function for a week or two and i lost many friends in the process but it was worth it and i think about it often but i never go back because it was such a dark place. i am a recovering cutter and proud to tell my story to kids (even though i an a kid) because i know it helps a lot of people.
by Katelyn.C February 20, 2007
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Someone who cuts themselves, for various reasons.
Non cutter I know- wears MCR tee and shredded skinny jeans, has dyed black emo fringe.... regular life.... doesnt need to cut, and doesnt

Cutter I know- Honors student, dresses normally, apparrantly "perfect" life, abused by mom and was molested....cuts her hips where it doesn't show even in a bathing suit. Trying to stop, but can't.

other cutter I know- cuts obviously on wrists, wears black clothes, writes terrible poetry. shows off cuts.... actually has a pretty good life

The first two are respectable, even though the second needs help.... the third is swine
by BunnyLake November 04, 2009
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people who cut themselves for, mostly, one of two reasons:
1)to feel something at all
2)to realease there inner pain
most of the time it is done on the wrist and is hidden with a wristband, or jacket, long skleeved shirts, etc...but can cut anywhere. do not usaully want paople to know. it really does help some people SO DONT JUDGE US
cutters: (thinking)i have cut myself and it turns my emotional pain into physical pain.

creepy mind reader prep: OMGGGG U R LIKE SO TOTALLY EMOOOOO!!!! GET AWAY DEVIL WORSHIPER!!!!!!!!!
cutter:serriouly? shut the fuck up. and even i was emo, why the fuck does it matter.
by i dnt care December 09, 2009
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Slang term, sometimes degrading, for someone who voluntarily mutilates themselves through slicing, scratching, burning, slapping, biting, etc, because of extreme emotional distress.
Usually they have a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety.
They do NOT want attention or pity. It is a way to vent. It is impossible to fully understand until you start it yourself. There are people of all ages and all cliques and all of everything that injure themselves. It has nothing to do with being "emo" or "goth." It has nothing to do with trying to look "depressed" and it has nothing to do with attention.
Self-injury is addicting. Self-injury is a mode of relief. It's been proven people suffering from mental illnesses are less likely to commit suicide if they injure themselves.
Self-injury is a serious issue that should be delt with seriously. If you can't respect someone just because they injure themselves, you just need to pull your head out of your ass. Please, please, please be understanding and compassionate. It's a sensitive thing. If someone tells you they injure themselves PLEASE be very understanding and just...be there for them. Don't demand them to stop, don't tell them they're stupid, don't ignore them or ditch them, that will make everything worse.
I have been scratching myself for as long as I can remember. I have social anxiety disorder/avoidant personality and clinical depression. I can't look people in the eye. I go mute when someone waves and says hello. I can't stand crowds. When I'm around people my mind goes blank or it rushes with scarring thoughts. I feel nauseous. Dizzy. Lightheaded. I tremble. I cry. I feel cold and hot and virtigo and everything seems so loud and bright and I scream in my head for it all to stop. I feel like I'm dying and going insane at the same time, slowly and painfully. I get panic attacks. There is no way I can stand this. I scratch at my face, my uglyugly acne on my forehead and back. And then I scratch my theighs. There is no route for help, and I've searched. There is no one I can talk to who would understand. I dissect everything I do, no matter how silly it is, I can't let anything go. And I hate myself. I hate my anxiety. And the hard part is, is that it is a personality disorder. It's part of who I AM. I don't just have social anxiety, I AM social anxiety. It hurts. It won't stop or go away. The part of me that can't be changed. I've always been like this. When I was two I refused to talk for two years. In kindergarten I was so unused to social situations, I cried over anything and everything, it scarred me for life. I couldn't help it. I was pathetic. I still am. So I injured myself long before I even knew it was all abnormal. And when I did know it was too late, I was too addicted, I...I'm not really a cutter, but I do injure myself.
by screenaging September 13, 2007
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a cutter is generally a person that has problems and has no other way of expressing it other then cutting themselves. not only on the arms but on the legs, shoulders, stomaches, for girls, breast area, and anywhere else they can possibly think of. although some people do cut for the attention of others, those people do not try to cover what they have done because they want people to notice that they are "troubled". real cutters cover what they have done because it is their way of dealing with the problem/problems they have.
my uncle died in april. my dad started to get abusive. my parents got a speration. i started cutting. because getting high, smoking and drinking did nothing to me anymore. after awhile niether did cutting i didnt feel anything. my mom found my razor in my secert place i went to the hospital and rehab i dont do it anymore. but i was once a cutter.
by sdjiejrjadaslkjd July 31, 2006
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