Monday, October 14, 2013
Self-Harm (Part 2)
Cutting is a coping mechanism. It causes the release of serotonin and endorphins -substances that relieve both physical and emotional pain. It works almost like SSRI's do.
You can develop a tolerance to the pain-relieving effect of cutting. Meaning, you'll need to hurt yourself worse and worse, causing more and more intense physical pain, in order to relieve the emotional pain. As the level of abuse towards yourself gets worse, your self-worth and self-esteem will go down. That sets up a vicious cycle.
(More on cutting here)
Self-Harm Part 1