CUTTING & SELF MUTILATION
The Importance of Addressing the Issue
"It's a problem rarely discussed even though millions struggle with it and because
no one talks about it, many believe they are suffering alone." - MSNBC.com
The numbers are rising ...
Cutting habits or self-mutilation is not a 'talked about' subject but many transsexuals cut themselves out of habit, despair, depression, or feeling that they have no control in life, or over events such as puberty.
Cutting is an act done in secret and often friends and family have no idea the person is hurting themselves. More often than not, the person does not seek medical attention and will dress their own wounds.
Outsiders may not understand why people do this but often it is the only way a person can 'feel' or release emotions they find hard to express verbally.
In the cases of Transmen or Transsexuals doing this, it is often done because they feel alone, unloved, unable to tell the people they love what they really feel, such as feeling they were born the wrong sex or gender.
I have heard several Transmen talk about cutting themselves and some don't understand why they do this, not completely.
Self mutilation or cutting habits can be overcome, If you are doing this, there is help available to you.
"Three million Americans engage in some form of self-injury," according to a study funded by the University of Missouri-Columbia.
According to Dr. Armando Favazza, an estimate of the number of sufferers is "750 per 100,000 Americans, or close to two million."
"An estimated 2 million Americans purposely cut or burn themselves . . ." - Time
"As many as 40% of kids have experimented with self-injury." - Jennifer Hagman, Medical Director of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital, Denver
"90% of self-abusers begin cutting as teenagers." - University of Missouri-Columbia Study
"The average self-injurer starts at age 14 and continues with increasing severity into his/her late 20's. Their most common professions are teacher, nurse, and manager." - The New York Times Magazine
The first major public appearance of the disorder was in 1995, when Princess Diana admitted that she cut herself in an interview with the BBC. (Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci have also admitted that they suffer from the disorder.)
"More than half of self-injurers are victims of sexual abuse, and most report emotionally abusive or neglected childhoods ... contrary to the stereotype, self-injury is prevalent in all races and economic backgrounds although most are female, up to 40% of self-injurers are male." - Time
Please, use the contact information on the site index to submit your story or suggestions.
1-800-DONTCUT - SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Information Line (Receives
700 calls per month.)
BOOKS: Get them at Amazon.com
Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing
Program for Self-Injurers by Dr. Wendy Lader, Ph.D. and Karen Conterio
The Scarred Soul: Understanding & Ending Self-Inflicted Violence by Tracy Alderman
Skin Game: A Cutter's Memoir by Caroline Kettlewell
A Bright Red Scream
by Marilee Strong, which coins self-injury as "the addiction of the 90's."
Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation by Steven Levenkron
"Some Misplaced" - Los Angeles Times Magazine, August 1, 1999
"Hard Questions" - Seventeen, July 1999
"Self-Injury Cases Widespread" - The Denver Post, April 27
"What the Cutters Feel" - Time, November 9, 1998
"An Armful of Agony" - Newsweek, November 9, 1998
"Living on the Edge" - The North Star Online Edition, October 1997
"The Thin Red Line" - The New York Times Magazine, July 27, 1997
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