“One cut here, one cut there. No one will see, no one will care.”
One of the most hazardous symptoms of mental illnesses is self-harming.
And to narrow it down even further, the most common form of self-harm, especially in younger people, is cutting.
During my high school and college years, I knew a few people who were cutters.
I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why someone would intentionally do something so abhorrent to their own body.
That is until I was diagnosed with depression and found the emotional pain so overwhelming at times that the only thing that seemed to alleviate it was physical pain.
It was like choosing between the lesser of two evils. The physical pain not only made me momentarily forget the neurological pain but it was also easier to treat by popping an aspirin in comparison to my prescription medication for depression which seemed to take forever to take effect.
I learned three things for a full year that I did it.
Firstly, it dawned on me that the trauma of a mental illness can indeed be so strong that it leaves you desperate to try anything to stop it, even hurt yourself more.
Secondly, cutting is just like a zillion other drugs. It can work initially until you become immune to it and have to do it more and more.
Before you know it, all you’re left with is scars on your body and even more trauma than before, both physical as well as psychological.
Lastly, as ironic as it may seem, self-harm is also a form of self-medicating which is never a good idea. Some people drink. Some take street drugs. Others cut themselves.
All of these methods are utilized in order to have a “quick fix” for mental health issues. In reality, there is no quick fix. It takes a lot of time to get it under control and self-medicating just stunts any possible progress.
That’s why it’s always better to consult a professional before medicating yourself in any way.
Have you ever known someone to self-harm themselves? Have you ever been tempted to self-medicate yourself? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below.