A 34-year-old member asked:
is cutting a sign of a true suicide attempt or just a gesture?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Vasu Brown answered
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Gesture for help: Cutting is a gesture for desperate help and also releases endorphins in brain and associated stress - in holistic medicine we bury sadness at the level of lymphatics and that is the reason tissue weeps in lymphedema.
Answered on Dec 9, 2014
Dr. Glen Elliott answered
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Depends: Although the majority of self-cutting is not intended to be fatal, I have had patients to deliberately try to open an artery with the intent of dying. One concern with wrist-cutting is that teens may not be aware how many tendons are just under the skin that can be severed if they cut cross-wise. Usually, though, wrist cutting is quite superficial and, as dr. Brown indicated, a cry for help.
Answered on Apr 16, 2016
Dr. William Holmes answered
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
It Varies: Some people who cut do so with the desire or wish to die. More often, they are not really trying to kill themselves, but are looking for a way to cope with and express overwhelming feelings of distress and turmoil.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Andrew Berry answered
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Cutting: It depends on the person, the seriousness of the cutting, how long it's been going on, what emotional issues the person is facing, and a myriad of related issues. There is no one answer. I always open up the discussion with asking them what cutting means to them? I tell them: "Look, you're doing this for a reason, obviously, and I'm just wondering what the reason is?"
Answered on Mar 3, 2015
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