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It's when you run out of resources to cope with usually some sort of emotional pain and you begin to cut oneself.

This emotional pain may come on from any form of abuse, trauma, depression, or many of other unknown reasons. The cutting can be done just about anywhere on the body, but is usually on the wrists. Cutting is done with some sort of sharp object (i.e. knives, blades, razors, etc.)and is not usually broadcasted.

Cutters usually don't cut in the atempt of suicide, they are usually cutting to get rid of some other sort of pain by the adrenaline endorphins that come when cutting. Cutters are usually ashamed of this and will not "show it off."

Cutting can become addicting. This is because it is a quick way out of whatever may be causing the cutter pain. If it is depression, which is a disease, it may become harmful in the long run, but it just can't be turned off so easy.
Friend: "Most people that cut their wrist do it because they want attention or want to die."

Me: "That's not always true, most of the time you wouldn't even know if someone was cutting their wrists..."
Friend:"I'm just saying, they could cut their leg or something if they really just wanted to cut."
Me: " Well listen, I've cut before and it was because it helped me deal...not because I wanted attention...no one ever knew because I covered it up pretty well and I didn't want to die!"
by Nasia November 20, 2006
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Cutting is the practice of cutting one's body with a sharp object to relieve emotional pain. It is a common misconception that cutters are suicidal. This is usually not the case. Most people who resort to cutting are in a position where they feel unhappy to the point where self-harm is all that helps. Cutting is not restricted to any one stereotype, age group, color, wealth, or religion. It is effective, but dangerous. I am struggling with it right now, and I can tell you that it is incredibly difficult to quit once you've done it. I would not recommend it to anyone, although it may seem rewarding. I and most of my friends have been dealing with it for some time now and it has yet to solve any of our emotional problems. In fact, most of us are worse off now than when we started. But if you have already started, I noticed that there are some suggestions in this section of Urban Dictionary on how to quit. I recommend that you try them. Who knows, maybe it'll help.
Some person: "Did you see that girl? She's always cutting and her life isn't even that bad! She must be emo."

Me: "Since when did you have to emo to cut? You don't have any idea what's going through her head, so don't judge her like that."
by infin October 16, 2006
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Well, Since most of the info is covered here already, I'll recap. Sometimes the emotional pain can be too much. Sometimes you just can't cope with it all. Cutting offers a brief, if effective, relief. By causing shallow lacerations in the flesh, one releases natural endorphins into the blood which can ease pain or cause uplifting feelings. Many people who suffer from depression or single instances of strong emotional trauma resort to cutting as a way to escape the pain. Regardless of the chemical properties of self-inflicted injury, the fact of the matter is that if you have strong physical pain, then your emotional/mental stresses seem lessened due to the human brain's lack of multitasking capabilities. There are quite a few misconceptions circulating about "cutters" and the like. Many are attributed to being "emo fags," but in most cases such is not the truth. While it is true that many people in depressive moods tend to gravitate towards music that can convey the feelings that they are experiencing, Not all people who listen to such music are cutters, or even depressed. People who resort to cutting aren't "insane" or "unstable" because of this, although people who ARE unstable may cut themselves. Another misconception is that cutters are merely seeking attention. While this might be the case in some situations, it's not very common at all. Who would willingly inflict pain on themselves simply for the notice of another? People suffering from such advanced depression should not be vilified, but helped. Speaking as a cutter myself, I can say that anyone who is negative towards those with problems should take a nice big peek in the mirror and not be so quick to judge.
Me: Sometimes the pain is just too much, and I find myself cutting.

Stranger: What are you, mental? An attention whore? GET OVER YOURSELF!

Me: (///_-)
by BOR21 May 29, 2008
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Cutting is something that many people argue about, and don't really know the meaning. Cutting has been a part of my life for quite some time now, but it's not even me who's doing it. If people would've had to live the way i am for about a week, maybe they would understand a bit better. Cutting is a sign of depression. Depression does not always happen because of a serious event, or having a horrible lifestyle, because it's a disease. It's an illness. Cutting releases endorphins into the brain right after the cutting is done. It is known today as quite the fad, and is usually assumed to be done by "emo" kids. That's not true. Depression can hit any one, any gender, any age, and can also include eating disorders, and other self-harming things. Just imagine being in grade 7, and all the sudden that someone close to yous' sleeve rolls up. what you see will never leave your memory. Imagine seeing them in a hospital bed. Tubes and everything. Being force-fed, and having to LIVE there. Cutting is a serious problem, and though people abuse it for attention, don't label people and riducule them because of depression. If i had cancer would you come make fun of me?
there isn't really an example that i'm willing to write about cutting, so just take the time and think about it.
by Lynn. October 08, 2006
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Cutting has been described to me by my therapist as a natural drug in that it released endorphins to the brain immediately following the cutting. However, in the long run, cutting can lead to more severe depression and also can cause permanent physical damage. Cutting sometimes is accompanied by head banging, burning, or other self-destructive behaviors.
Despite some of the close minded definitions, cutting is not done only by emo kids. Although some emo kids do cut, most of the characteristics of cutters are the same as those with eating disorders. Cutters tend to be perfectionists, and often are white, middle class teenage girls, although not all cutters come from this background.
Cutting often is a result of depression, and some view it as a way to release emotional pain when it feels like you would explode otherwise. Although many people think that those with depression have experienced huge tramas in their lives, this is not necessarily the case. Depression is a disease, just like diabetes is a disease. It can strike anyone, regardless of their gender, class, or social status. I personally am attending an ivyleague college next year, was captain of my soccer team in high school, could be considered among the popular kids at my school, and have an extremely loving family. I still have the scars from my cutting, which I stopped doing 2 months ago. Although i was lucky enough to be able to stop, other people such as my older sister, became addicted. Cutting is not something to mess around with. However ,it is naive to dismiss cutting as simply a way to get attention. It is also naive to scorn those who seem to have perfect lives as being stupid for cutting. People do not choose to be depressed.

"how can you be so depressed? You're so beautiful and so good at everything." - me crying to my to my sister in an ambulance after one of her major cutting episodes

"that doesnt matter tho. being pretty doesn't change wut mood i'm in," - my sister
"how can you be so depressed? You're so beautiful and so good at everything." - me crying to my to my sister in an ambulance after one of her major cutting episodes

"that doesnt matter tho. being pretty doesn't change wut mood i'm in," - my sister
by princetongirl10 July 07, 2006
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1. To divide with a sharp-edged instrument
2. To skip class.
1. I like cutting paper for my crafts projects.
2. I like cutting art so I don't have to do my crafts project.
by The_Smart_One January 22, 2008
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Is the act of inflicting wounds to yourself by using a sharp object like a razor blade, small or large knife and cutting places like your arms legs thighs and wrists. Although most people think that cutting has to do with just one group of kids it doesnt it can be with any type of kid like not all emos cut some jocks may cut even cheerleaders even people who you think have a perfect life most dont just because they dont show the world how their life really is and they put on a fake persona and try to act like everything is fine doesnt men that it is. You really never know whats going on with a person unless you are them even the prettiest girl is insecure. Just because they seem like they have a perfect lifge on hhte outside you never know what can be going on in the inside the could be being abused verbally or physically and once you start it becomes an addiction and is hard to stop even if you manage to stop you still have times in your life where you want to go back to it I use to cut because of stress and depression because i had to grow up at the age of 10 and now i dont have a normal teenage life I am in love with a 26 year old and im only 16 with everything that ive put myself through i don't relate to any of my friends and cant trust them with anything. Cutting can lead to suicide or other things. Just remember it doesn't affect just you it affects everyone around especially those who care about you
Friend- wh are you cutting havent you said that you were going to stop that?

Me- yes i said i was but i can like theres no other why for me to deal right now

Friend- Doesnt it hurt?

Me- Yeah but that's the point it takes away from everything else

Friend- Do you want attention or something?

Me- No i just want it all to go away and not to have to deal naymore
by Iso_373 August 05, 2008
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