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Tasjunique Graham Mrs. Hensel English III Research Paper

Self Mutilation Often when todays society interoperates self-mutilation, they depict this 'emo' stereotype; black hair, clothing, fishnets (leggings), shoes, and chains hanging from jeans; also individuals with the intensions of killing themselves. In actuality self mutilation is a broad term for intentionally hurting yourself without the wish to die (Eisendrath). Self mutilation isnt confined to one group of people, or one specific age range, but to a diverse group of people and ethnicities. It has been found some reasons for self mutilation are to be filled with a sense of high, numbness, and as a release valve. When you cut yourself the brain releases something called endorphins into the body, creating a sense of high (Introduction). Endorphins are the bodys natural pain relievers. They are neurological and are released when in pain or stressful events. Cutting to get high is just like smoking to get high, or drinking to get drunk. They all can become addictive and repetitive. Alternatives to cutting should be encouraged just as AAA for drunks, and rehab for the individuals who get high.

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Mutilators often cut themselves to relieve their body from a sense of numbness. This numbness they give in to is caused by suppressing of their emotions such as: hurt, anger, disappointment, etc. until it leaves them only capable of feeling nothing, showing apathy. Leaving them unable to sympathize or empathize with others, or sometimes themselves. It is so server that to feel something, anything--- even if it is a moment of sheer pain, mutilators will cut themselves. Adrian of Albuquerque, New Mexico, used razors, knives, and screwdrivers to make cuts on his legs and upper thighs. Many mornings he would wake up with his pajamas stuck to the clotted wounds. Then he'd pull off the clothing to let the blood flow again. "I can't get over how much I enjoyed it," he admitted in a 2006 Albuquerque Tribune article. "I loved waking up in the morning and seeing that I had done something to myself." But on July 6, 2005, Adrian cut himself so badly that he had to go to the hospital. He had to hold the deep horizontal leg wounds together with his hands as he limped to his parents' room to ask for help. "I cut myself so deep I required staples," he explained His self-injurious behavior was triggered by a need to "cut through" the numbness that often characterizes depression or borderline-personality disorder (Preface to what triggers self mutilation). I would encourage talking with someone about your problems so they arent all bottled up inside. Self mutilation can also be used as a release valve (Preface). In a result to stress, individuals who havent developed a healthy way to deal with it self-mutilate. As we all know stress can have many factors and can be caused by a number of things such as school, work, death, family and friend problems. I suggest the following to avoid having stress: work out, play sports, go out with friends, take a shower, and limit the amount of things you choose to take on at one time.

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Though self mutilation is looked down upon by many in society, I would not recommend any one to stop cutting unless confident your ready to do so. A pro to self-mutilation is the antisuicidal effects (Self-Injury). Many individuals are deceived into believing mutilation is failed attempt of suicide. No one who has self mutilated had their intentions set on killing themselves. Although if youre confident you are ready to stop mutilation, there are healthy alternatives to give you a start. When you feel the urge to cut yourself you could paint, play a game, wear a rubber band and when you want to cut yourself pull it and let it go. Buy a red marker, and when you want to cut yourself draw a line (Self-Help). Most importantly talk to a competent person studies have shown it helps. Self- mutilation depending on the mutilator can be a positive or negative thing. Though people tend to mutilate for a number of reasons; such as to get high, relieve numbness caused by suppressing their emotions, and a release from stress, or to avoid committing suicide. Though no matter the reasons youre harming yourself, it is encouraged to find a healthy alternative that works best for you. Self-mutilation is what you make it; it can be presented both ways healthy or unhealthy. Self mutilation is also not confined to only cutting; I just chose to focus on the cutting aspect of it (Eisendrath).

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Work Cited

Eisendrath, S. J.. N.p.. Web. 19 Nov 2013. <http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/ self- mutilation>. "Introduction to Self-Mutilation: Opposing Viewpoints." Self-Mutilation. Ed. Mary E. Williams. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 30 Oct. 2013 Martinson, Deb. "Self-Help Strategies Can Reduce Self-Mutilation." Self-Mutilation. Ed. Mary E. Williams. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Self-Help, Organized and Otherwise." Self-Injury: You are NOT The Only One, www.palace.net/~llama/selfinjury. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 18 Sept. 2013. "Preface to 'What Triggers Self-Mutilation?'." Self-Mutilation. Ed. Mary E. Williams. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints In Content. Web. 11 Sept. 2013.