Thank you for this one a lot… I have been trying to hard to come to terms with this issue. This is one thing that never grabbed hold of me personally. Thankfully.
I did cut my finger open once as a child because my imaginary friend demanded blood to become real. I did try to actively leave this life… those are the only two on purpose incidents that have caused me to do this.
But I’m an outsider looking in and need advice. My kid sis of all people… she’s the one who has been fighting this one on top of anorexia. Sometimes I feel I should step in. But other times I think I should let her just work it out by herself. I don’t always know what to do. I find the cuts on the ankles or mid arm… sometimes many weeks later.
It just baffles me and makes me very sad. She’s been going to therapy, she’s tried the red markers and the rubber bands… she tried the decompression… I’m still left feeling unsure and I’ve been hiding the knives… especially the exacto knives.
She’s even been sneaky and made it look more like an art carving and not just straight cuts. But when she does describe the motivation and how… I’m still to upset to really understand why.
It scares the heebies out of me when I read people glorify the euphoria of cutting. I think the therapy is helping my sis… But how does one step in…
I do feel a little better reading this article… there are others just as confused as I am.
I have a friend in my life who is surprised that I’m not more understanding… just because I understand the head circus I fight off… doesn’t mean I understand other’s mental health issues. That sounds mean I know… but I really don’t always understand problems in others… not due to lack of trying.