I used to injure myself as a teenager, I also used to cut myself - my arms, legs, and there was a point where my mixed states were so bad, I even put a razor blade to my face and began to cut away as a young adult.
Cutting one’s self is a symptom of many different types of disorders - illnesses. Trauma, abuse victims, people with depression, bipolar - mood disorders and yes especially those afflicted with borderline personality disorder tend to self injure or cut themselves. People cut for various reasons. Cutting ones self releases endorphins so they feel better from all of the emotional pain they are going through, it is a way to feel something and cope with an overload of emotions and internal pain. I used to cut myself as a way to cope with the inner turmoil and pain I was going through - severe mixed states can trigger some to self injure - I also show signs of borderline personality disorder - My therapist at first tried to address my borderline symptoms then she kind of steered away from it, choosing not to treat this in me - my schizophrenic and bipolar symptoms are her main focus.
The bottom line is if you cut, or self injure yourself, it is time to go see a doctor and yes even a therapist. Cutting as I know too well, is playing with fire - As soon as I was on the right meds, the cutting stopped, because the inner emotional pain stopped. I do not cut myself any longer, I havent cut myself in many years - but I still have the scars as a reminder- I do not have visible scars on my face, thank goodness.
Here are some Myths and Facts on Cutting
Myths and facts about cutting and self-harm
Because cutting and other means of self-harm tend to be taboo subjects, the people around you—and possibly even you—may harbor serious misconceptions about your motivations and state of mind. Don’t let these myths get in the way of getting help or helping someone you care about.
Myth: People who cut and self-injure are trying to get attention.
Fact: The painful truth is that people who self-harm generally do so in secret. They aren’t trying to manipulate others or draw attention to themselves. In fact, shame and fear can make it very difficult to come forward and ask for help.
Myth: People who self-injure are crazy and/or dangerous.
Fact: It is true that many people who self-harm suffer from anxiety, depression, or a previous trauma—just like millions of others in the general population. Self-injury is how they cope. Slapping them with a “crazy” or “dangerous” label isn’t accurate or helpful.
Myth: People who self-injure want to die.
Fact: Self-injurers usually do not want to die. When they self-harm, they are not trying to kill themselves—they are trying to cope with their pain. In fact, self-injury may be a way of helping themselves go on living. However, in the long-term, people who self-injure have a much higher risk of suicide, which is why it’s so important to seek help.
Myth: If the wounds aren’t bad, it’s not that serious.
Fact: The severity of a person’s wounds has very little to do with how much he or she may be suffering. Don’t assume that because the wounds or injuries are minor, there’s nothing to worry about.