Cutting is quite common among young adolescents, but the phenomenon is increasing among adults as well.

Cutting is defined as the most common form of self-injury. Cutters injure themselves with sharp or blunt instruments in order to feel physical pain which masks the internal, emotional pain they are feeling inside.

Most cutters are young females and teenage boys who suffer from depression or social anxiety. The cuts are usually superficial, just deep enough to draw blood, on areas such as the face, arms, chest, or abdomen.

Our culture's current obsession with tattoos is also seen as a form of self-injury among the young. An example of a troubled celebrity who practices self-injury -- disguised as self-expression -- is singer Rihanna, who recently carved a crude cross into her neck (see photo above).

According to Psychcentral.com, "Self-injury is used by people — to drown out emotional pain with something else. In the case of self-injury, that something else is physical pain. It focuses your attention and takes your mind off of your emotional pain, if only for a little while."

Self-harm is most common in adolescence and young adulthood, usually first appearing between the ages of 12 and 24.
Troubled young men like Lil Wayne go overboard with tattoos to feel intense pain in order to cover up their feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and depression.

The most severe form of self-injurious behavior is committing suicide. The suicide rate is climbing among adolescents who see no other escape from their emotional pain.

According to a Newsweek article titled "Why She Cuts," "self-injury isn’t recognized as a mental disorder by itself. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. Treatment usually is done through psychotherapy, and focuses on helping the person identify their own triggers for self-injurious behavior, and find alternative methods for helping them deal with the emotional pain in their life."

Most people believe that cutters cut themselves for attention, but this is not true in most cases. Some cutters are very self-conscious about their scars. They will conceal the scars under clothing or makeup.

Treatment includes years of therapy, and/or anti-psychotropic, anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications. Some patients require hospitalization to prevent them from seriously injuring or killing themselves.

If you know a friend or family member who is a cutter, encourage them to call the Georgia Counseling Helpline at (404) 237-7281.

This has been your Medical Minute.

More Info On The Web

Why Are So Many Girls Cutting Themselves - Psychologytoday.com

Cutting and Self Harm - Webmd.com

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  • KDub

    That ain't no cut on Ri. That is a herp bump she popped from getting...a pearl necklace.

    Heffa got herpes of the neck.

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    Uh oh. :popcorn:

  • Iheart

    ChocD you betta talk to her bout this :coffee:

  • lovezoe

    Thought that was a crucifix tattoo. :coffee: According to you, Rihanna just a bag of issues, huh? :coffee:

  • http://i35.tinypic.com/ei1sht.jpg Mother Jefferson

    :yawn: :chase:

  • Flawless

    Hey folks :waves:
    I think Ri just wants attention

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    no this bish didn't :blink:

    :waves: <~~~~~~~~ ihearts missing badge :lol:

    here you go sweetie :hug:

  • Sassy! Muthaf**king, Sassy!

    What the fukk is that on her collarbone?! :shocked:

    Yo- who the fukk does that?!

    @LoveZoe
    I have enough tats to know...that is NOT a damn tattoo, that is a puncture.

    *Bernadette's voice* "This muthafukka is psychotic!"

  • Daisy

    @loveZoe We still on baby watch I see *waves hey*

    I didn't read this post so.....

    TGIF :woohoo: did I do that right

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    i do like that "shhhh" tatoo :lol:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    :popcorn:

  • CD FENTY

    :yawn: Sandra she's taken boo boo. We could care less about your countless, pointless stories about her she aint going nowhere so I advise u too keep it moving :coffee:

  • KDub

    Sandra what happened to my medical minute on SORAS?

  • lovezoe

    @Daisy- I had the baby last Saturday, a boy named Lucas.

  • Iheart

    @Zoe, I left you a message in the previous post
    @Frenchie :hugs: Thanks bew :yahoo: I hollered when I seen that from sandras twittah :rofl:
    *whispers* That really was her too :yes:

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    KDub says:

    That ain’t no cut on Ri. That is a herp bump she popped from getting…a pearl necklace.

    Heffa got herpes of the neck.
    _____________
    :dead: :rofl: :crying:

  • http://i35.tinypic.com/ei1sht.jpg Mother Jefferson

    CD FENTY says:

    Sandra she’s taken boo boo. We could care less about your countless, pointless stories about her she aint going nowhere so I advise u too keep it moving
    ---------
    :coffee: Thank you :deadhorse: :deadhorse:

  • The Makeup Maven

    OMGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! :rofl:

  • lovezoe

    @Sassy- I don't know, Rihanna just a free spirit I guess. Looks like something that deep hurt like heck.

  • EB

    I love piercings. :ashamed:

  • The Makeup Maven

    <---- POSSIBLY WANT ANOTHER TATTOO...... :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix-8TW3c17g OHoney

    :shakebutt: just cause.....

  • lovezoe

    Mother Jefferson says:

    CD FENTY says:
    Sandra she’s taken boo boo. We could care less about your countless, pointless stories about her she aint going nowhere so I advise u too keep it moving
    ———
    :ghost:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEureObx87M JMO

    @iheart ... your WWF name is cho... right?

  • Iheart

    The Makeup Maven says:

    <—- POSSIBLY WANT ANOTHER TATTOO
    ________________

    I want my first but I's scurred :ashamed:

  • Iheart

    @JMO, Yep :coffee: I sent you 2 messages

  • AprilRain

    She is seeking attention and going overboard. I bet when she don't see the papozzz around she freaks. Someone close to her should really try helping her before she turns into another tragic celeb who destroys their fame. She could be #1, if she wasn't so obviously needy.

  • CD FENTY

    Let me go to the :kona: because a lot of elationships will end ova the disrespect of my ole lady. :coffee:

  • KDub

    I want my first but I's scurred
    --------------------------------------
    Borrow lil Illuminiqua's wig and go in disguise in case you cry. That way...nobody will know its you at the tat parlor.

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    Dimpz tat is FLY than a mug!

    <---is still a tat voygin :ashamed:

  • lady_cn

    :rolleyes: at this topic.

    Mornin' all! :waves:

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    I need to get some more tatts. Been dragging my feet.

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Somebody get Rhi Rhi....

    "Sit yo azz down... I told you I was gonna get you a whistle!"(Ricky Smiley grandma voice) :whip:

  • KDub

    because a lot of elationships will end ova the disrespect of my ole lady.
    ----------------------------
    I'm sorry. I didn't meant to talk about "Pearlie" like that. Saying she likes sperm around her neck and shat. I apologize.

    :rofl:

  • Brick City Born

    Sandra I can picture you seeing a picture and doin some evil laugh when you come up with an idea for a story. You saw that cross and it just screamed Medical Minute huh?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEureObx87M JMO

    Iheart says:

    @JMO, Yep :coffee: I sent you 2 messages
    _____________________________________________________

    :nono: I don't have any messages. You messaging someone else chile!

    I just sent you a game request :no: <--- smh

  • Brick City Born

    Oh and Good Morning Everyone!

  • Iheart

    KDub says:

    I want my first but I’s scurred
    ————————————–
    Borrow lil Illuminiqua’s wig and go in disguise in case you cry. That way…nobody will know its you at the tat parlor.

    _____________
    Good Idea :thumbsup: I just a punk. I figure if I can have a 8lb6oz baby,episiotomy,and 18 stitches afterwards I can handle a tattoo :shrugs:

  • Anna

    KDub says:

    Sandra what happened to my medical minute on SORAS?

    ~~~~~
    How is Billie(Lisa Rinna)back on Days Of Our Lives as Kate's daughter. Billie is older than Kate.

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    :smack: I meant :spank:... :shrug: either way Rhi Rhi would prolly enjoy them both...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    @fayfay just sent you a WWF request :yahoo:

    @iheart - :lol: yousssssss on twizzler too??? what's ya name :waiting:

    oh and i need some WWF games going here
    give up the names people :waiting:

  • CD FENTY

    KDub :stop:

    :kona:

  • Iheart

    Anna says:

    KDub says:

    Sandra what happened to my medical minute on SORAS?

    ~~~~~
    How is Billie(Lisa Rinna)back on Days Of Our Lives as Kate’s daughter. Billie is older than Kate.

    _____________

    Shut the front door :shocked: I usta love watching days back when she was on there :yes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    :spank: <~~~~~~~~~ ya don't feel sorry for that a$$?

    shyt it's red

  • lady_cn

    Anna says:

    How is Billie(Lisa Rinna)back on Days Of Our Lives as Kate’s daughter. Billie is older than Kate.

    ____________________________________________________

    Do they still have Kate tryin to look young on the show with blue hair? :think: I stopped watching a lil while ago.

  • Blackswan

    I remember when kids did this years ago bc they couldnt get/afford tats........so I guess this is the new trend :rolleyes:

  • Vanguard Reese

    OMG, I think I just did the stupidest thing ever. This recruiter just called me from this job and she asked me what it a good time to talk and I told her no. Mind you, I was in the middle of checking out at Wal-Mart. (facepalms myself) Uhhhh

  • Iheart

    JMO says:

    Iheart says:

    @JMO, Yep I sent you 2 messages
    _____________________________________________________

    I don’t have any messages. You messaging someone else chile!

    I just sent you a game request <— smh

    _________________

    I know it was you guhl cause we was talmbout naija being pretty good :mad: Anywho :rollseyes: SOOPA_STAH ill you :cuss:

  • KDub

    @Anna...same way how I SAW Nicholas on Y & R being born one summer vacation and 3 summers later the fugga was running Victor's company and had a wife and a kid.

    Same with JR on AMC. Fugga I remma when you was born! How you older than me?

    Red Ivy gonna be at Harvard next summer. WATCH.

  • Vanguard Reese

    @Tatted, so Ryleigh's dad finally showed up, unannouced. My gma felt bad and let him in. I was in class so I missed the whole thang, my gma said Ryleigh called the whole time because she didn't know him. :-/

  • Anna

    lady_cn says:

    Anna says:

    How is Billie(Lisa Rinna)back on Days Of Our Lives as Kate’s daughter. Billie is older than Kate.

    ____________________________________________________

    Do they still have Kate tryin to look young on the show with blue hair?
    ~~~~~~~
    Yep, but it looks stupid them being mother and daughter.

  • Ni ni

    "Someone close to her should really try helping her before she turns into another tragic celeb who destroys their fame." I would like to see her mom more involved. I wonder what kind of relationship they had prior to fame.

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    :waves: sup mijas

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEureObx87M JMO

    Lakes :yahoo:

  • The Makeup Maven

    @ Ryan - OH SNAP!!! Really??? Gma just opened up the door, huh?! LOL Welp, that's what he get and I hope he felt bad because his baby didn't know him!

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    Jmo :cool:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    lovezoe says:

    @Daisy- I had the baby last Saturday, a boy named Lucas.
    __________________

    Congrats hun! :yes:

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    :2dance: @LAKER

    I need a Twittah name. Gimme something good from the Dikshanary. :waiting:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    KDub says:

    Sandra what happened to my medical minute on SORAS?
    _________________

    I put it in the queue of Medical Minute requests. There's a long list of requests that are ahead of yours. :coffee:

  • Vanguard Reese

    @Tatted, yeah my gma used to be hardcore and she wouldn't have opened the door. But she is softening up. But I was glad when she told me that Ryleigh didn't want him holding her, my baby knows who she sees all the time who she doesn't see all the time.

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    :cheer: Congrats on the addition to ur family LoveZoe :cheer:

    Hey Lakes, Blackswan, Anna, & Van :waves:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Brick City Born says:

    You saw that cross and it just screamed Medical Minute huh?
    ________________

    You're right, but I hope that my Medical Minutes enlighten someone out there who might be experiencing the same problem.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    @YSO

    FUKWitMeIfYouWant

    how about that?

    too long :think:

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    Sandra Rose says:

    KDub says:

    Sandra what happened to my medical minute on SORAS?
    _________________

    I put it in the queue of Medical Minute requests. There’s a long list of requests that are ahead of yours.
    _____________
    :dead: i aint gone neva quit u Auntie, NEVA i say! :heart:

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Congrats LoveZoe!

    On your new :pacifier: Little knucklhead huh! :thumbsup: I bet he's a cute lil' button!

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    :waves: @FRENCHY

    Hm...I'll put it on the list. :yes:

  • The Makeup Maven

    SIS :hug:

  • The Makeup Maven

    Ryan - well good for you and the baby! His loss! I hate when men don't realize how important it is to be in their children's lives! I can't for one second fathom bringing a life into this world and then NOT want to see them, be around them, hold them, love them...I JUST DON'T GET IT!
    :mad:

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    oh. so YSO aint like my twittanet suggesstion huh? :rollseyes:

    personally i think me & MIRS should get to pick it since WE the ones that campaigned so hard for this memorable occassion to occur & whatnot :coffee:

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    *throws a single coconut* :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEureObx87M JMO

    Sandra, I think your posts on medical minutes are very informative :biggrin:

    Do you play Words With Friends?? :waiting:

  • Sassy! Muthaf**king, Sassy!

    @Lovezoe
    Congrats on the new bundle of trouble, love! :hug:

    :wail: <---- probably not so funny anymore, because that's really happening to you, huh? :lol:

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    @FAYLA

    YSoRatchetness is on the list. And I will at least me naming myself since I'm being bullied into getting the Twittah by y'all in the first place. HMPH!

  • KDub

    I put it in the queue of Medical Minute requests. There’s a long list of requests that are ahead of yours
    --------------------------------------
    And ahead of the ones you make up huh???? :rofl:

    Next one after SORAS I would like is herpes of the neck.

  • Vanguard Reese

    @tatted, I say the same thing all the time. I look at Ryleigh and she's so precious and happy and I'm like why wouldn't you want to spend all your time with something like that. She is such a joy and it does my heart to know I played a part in her creation. Obviously, her dad doesn't share the same feelings.

  • Ky (Megatron Lover) Cakes

    Congrats on the new rug monkey, Zoe :yahoo:

    Hola ery'body :wave:

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    Yso :think:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    JMO says:

    Sandra, I think your posts on medical minutes are very informative :biggrin:

    Do you play Words With Friends?? :waiting:
    _________________

    Thanks! And, no, I don't have an iPhone. :D

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Lawdddddd please off yourself already Rihanna im so damn bored of you chit or get off the pot! Seriously I abhor you like i do the Kardashians! You SUCK so much and you think your so cool! NOT EVEN CLOSE! I :pray: your other fans that idolize you see it my way you could hurt a lot of innocent by your attn whoring drug induced hazed blanked out mind!

    GO AWAY!

  • Shuga Honey

    KDub says:

    I put it in the queue of Medical Minute requests. There’s a long list of requests that are ahead of yours
    ————————————–
    And ahead of the ones you make up huh????

    Next one after SORAS I would like is herpes of the neck.
    __________________________________________________________

    :rofl: i was thinking it but i wanna go on record as stating that i didnt type it. but i was thinking it like a mug!

    "in queue" lawdamercy!

  • Shuga Honey

    Choco aka Hippie says:

    Lawdddddd please off yourself already Rihanna im so damn bored of you chit or get off the pot! Seriously I abhor you like i do the Kardashians! You SUCK so much and you think your so cool! NOT EVEN CLOSE! I your other fans that idolize you see it my way you could hurt a lot of innocent by your attn whoring drug induced hazed blanked out mind!

    GO AWAY!
    ______________

    for one thing its a tattoo, not a "cut" and secondly its never a good idea to suggest tht anyone kill themselves. c'mon now Choco. youre better than that.

    repeating a lie doesnt make it become the truth anymore than kissing a frog turns it into a prince. :nono:

  • free

    bytch is cray.

  • CD FENTY

    :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    SRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR COME OUT AND PLAY!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    OH...well hello there Mrs Fenty :coffee:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    So Im here now and LOL at CD saying I was gonna go postal :rofl:

  • Eazy

    CD, where you get that pic from? I swear that looks like a guy I dated...his ass is a fruitloop(not officially) that always posing with his shitzu and showing all his teeth.

  • Eazy

    Hey you guys :waves:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Eazy :waves:

    Someone go tell them in the pee pee post we in here :rofl:

  • Eazy

    Choco, ya'll talking about pee pee again???

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    It went there it started with anal bead tossing salad and then the PEE PEE DUM DUM DUM :rofl:

  • CD FENTY

    Hey French and Eazy :waves:

    <--- Eazy that's Ray J :lol:

    :newpost: up

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeuqgD6GKjw&feature=related French KI$$E$

    ummmmmmmm ok now there is a new Obama post

  • Eazy

    Ah nah...ya'll must be talking about pee pee on ppl :kona:

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    :newpost:

  • RachelRachel

    KDub, that was just dumb of you saying such a thing with No Evidence whatsoever! Must be talking 'bout YOURSELF. Stop being dumb. Enough of that in the world!

  • http://twitter.com/liberianjewels7 LiberianJewels7

    Lurking late... d/t work oh and telling my text buddies I went to bed and I can't even tweet. Ugh. Stalkers :cuss:

    Sandra, I love your medical minutes. Especially people dealing with mental illness. It's sad that mental illness has such a stigma thou. I won't even waste my breath and compare mental illness vs physical illness. *Cues beating dead horse* RiRi's been crying out for help for years now. Hopefully, her inner circle will encourage her to get professional counseling and obtain better coping skills, unless she has shady friends, like Whitney surrounded with enablers and sellouts (Coughs) Pat. Hate to see another celebrity fall apart & waste their talent...While we regulars folks witness it daily, people in Hollyweird don't care because there too busy looking for the next "IT" girl.

    Hopefully, work is slow & I can log on tomo. Nite