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FAQ Why Does my Kid Cut (him/herself)?

Cutting often signifies intense emotional pain. Teens sometimes cut to distract themselves from it.  A list of negative feelings may be associated with cutting and includes feelings of hopelessness, abandonment, threat, fear, isolation, guilt, abnormality, overwhelmed, self-hatred, trapped, ignored and confused.

Cutting represents more than just trying to deal with negative feelings, it may signify a need for greater help.

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