Cutting Disorders Essay

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“Cutting Disorders: A Silent Cry for Help”

Teens and young adults resort to various outlets with hopes of coping with the pressures they face. Some stress-relieving activities involve eating comforting food or watching TV. For some, however, these activities do not provide adequate stress relief, so they attempt to escape their anxieties through a recently recognized self-mutilating disorder called “cutting.” While gaining more attention in recent years, cutting is still not a well-known practice, yet an estimated 700 out of every 100,000 individuals self-mutilate (Froeschle). Even celebrities like Angelina Jolie have admitted to cutting (Mann). The best way to discourage the practice of cutting is to learn more about
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During this traumatic period, Jill grew suspicious of Annie, who was becoming overly private about her body. While cleaning Annie’s room, Jill found the book Cut by Patricia McCormick; shocked, she began reading the first paragraph. Since minimal literature is available on cutting disorders, Jill’s discovery in her daughter’s room naturally took her by complete surprise. Although Jill had never heard of a behavior where people cut themselves to liberate their feelings, after reading Cut, she began to notice cuts on Annie’s arm. According to psychotherapist Steven Levenkron, “The first cut is a result of a larger insult or catastrophe, and the second takes less provocation. The third takes even less, and the next thing you know, you are cutting” (quoted in Mann). The obvious catastrophe in Annie’s life was the abuse and divorce; Jill felt that her divorce instigated Annie’s destructive behavior. Over time, Jill discovered many other underlying causes that contributed to Annie’s desire to harm herself.

Although children who come from families with virtually no problems can still develop this disorder, those from broken homes and those who suffer from other mental and social disorders are at higher risk. Children who have been physically, mentally, or sexually abused are at an especially high risk to become involved with

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