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Cutting is the practice of teens who purposely injure themselves by using a sharp object to scratch or cut their skin deep enough to draw blood. Cutting releases endorphins, the brain’s feel-good chemical. This converts the pain into “feeling more alive,” which is caused by temporary endorphin rush. To relive this induced “high moment” again, individuals continue to repeatedly cut themselves, which leads to addiction.
90% of self-injury occur during teen years or younger. It's estimated that 1 in every 200 girls between 13 and 19 years old, cut themselves regularly. Those who cut comprise about 70 percent of teen girls who self-injure. CUTTING has become the NEW ANOREXIA among today's teens. Cutting usually starts when the cutter is between 10 and 16 years old. Cutting occurs most often with girls/women between the ages of 13 and 30. The profile of a typical self-injurer looks like this: She's female in her mid-20's to early 30s, and has been cutting herself since her teens. She's intelligent, middle or upper-middle class, and well educated. Trends show she may come from a home where she was physically and/or sexually abused and has at least one alcoholic parent.
What does it look like? Self-injury stories In your own words -Testimonials “It expresses emotional pain or feelings that I’m unable to put into words. It puts a punctuation mark on what I’m feeling on the inside!” “It’s a way to have control over my body because I can’t control anything else in my life.” “I usually feel like I have a black hole in the pit of my stomach, at least if I feel pain it’s better than feeling nothing.” “I feel relieved and less anxious after I cut. The emotional pain slowly slips away into the physical pain.”
Common areas of unexplained wounds or scars from cuts, bruises, or burns, are usually on the wrists, arms, thighs, or chest. BLOODS STAINS on clothing, towels, or bedding; blood-soaked tissues. SHARP OBJECTS such as razors, knives, needles, glass shards, or bottle caps, in the person’s belongings. Frequent “ACCIDENTS” : may claim to be clumsy or have many mishaps, in order to explain away injuries. COVERING UP : A person who self-injures may insist on wearing long sleeves or long pants, even in hot weather. Needing to be alone for long periods of time, especially in the bedroom or bathroom.
Health Standards Grade 6 Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 4.1.M- Practice asking for help with mental, emotional, or social health problems from trusted adults. -Lesson Idea #1: Language/Visual Arts -Students will create a skit -Act out a problem consistent with popular teen pressures -Act out a solution to the problem/talk about how one may seek help. Standard 2: Analyzing Influences 2.1.M- Analyze the external and internal influences on mental, emotional, and social health. -Lesson #2 Idea: Language Arts -Students will look through a collection of teen magazines -They will identify propaganda techniques that influence behavior.
Students who cut may suffer from physical/sexual abuse at home Students may isolate themselves from peers and extracurricular activities Due to a low self-image students may not be motivated to learn or complete assignments Students may not be able to fulfill their academic potential Students may influence other students to do the same May heightened academic stress, and anxiety, as well as promote cheating
Seeking Help http://youthtruthusa.com/ Facebook Cutting Stats and Treatment Sources: SAFE: Self Abuse Finally Ends [online] Stepfamily Life [online] Discovery Health [online] Teens Health [online]
P!NK - F**kin' Perfect Media Influence Famous Self-injurers
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