Cutting…Are You Familiar With This?
My daughter and I are very close. She tells me many things about her school and friends that I would otherwise not be aware. One of the behaviors rampant in not just her school but at other high schools in our small (85,000 people) city is cutting.
Cutting is defined as “not an indication of suicidal behavior” but rather a “cry for help”. She knows more than four or five people who have cut themselves and/or are still cutting themselves. These teens suffer from depression and cut themselves to relieve their inner pain. Most of the people she knows use razor blades to make superficial cuts around their wrists. The cuts bleed but heal fairly quickly, sometimes forming dark red lines that can be easily seen by others.
I heard the other day that many teens have “cutting groups” during which time they all sit together and cut themselves and commiserate with each other about how they’re feeling. It’s akin to group therapy I would imagine, without the therapist.
“Life is too much,” they say. “Everything is too much,” they add.
What is it about our society today that is overwhelming these young girls and boys?
I’m glad I was not born during this time. Even though I’m happy using my iPhone, the internet and television, I think the immediacy and pace of today’s world is overwhelming. There is too much of which I am aware – immediately – and oft times I find it’s “too much” for me and I’m an adult. I can deal with it. I can shut it off, turn it off, cut it out of my life. But with teens today, in order to “fit in” and “relate to their peers” they jump on board this never-stopping train and go, go, go for very speedy rides through life.
What do you think?