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My cousin! - January 4th 2010, 12:49 AM

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Okay, so my cousin just read Ellen Hopkin's book Impulse and she got the idea to cut herself. Not even deep enough to bleed...more superficial, and not when she's upset, but more for attention. I know this, because her sister saw the scars and thought to look in her journals... They were worded in a creepily similar way to that book. But in the journals she NEVER talks about why she did it... but she does talk about showing them off. Now, I love my cousin, but I've never been close to her. I can't talk about this with her, and her sister refuses to(both me and her sister are ex cutters) She told her one friend the day after her first cut, and now all of her friends no, and probably some people that aren't her friends due to the fact she wears short sleves...no matter how cold it is. But I'm really concerned/mad. Like, she is insulting people who get addicted to cutting, but on the other hand I'm terrified something bad will happen, and she might think cutting is something people do when they're upset, and maybe she should try too, and maybe she'll start to get addicted....I didn't know where to put this... sh or friends&family...sorry.
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Re: My cousin! - January 4th 2010, 03:28 AM

Hey Megan. I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. If I were you, I would probably talk to her mom about what is going on. She needs help before it gets out of control. I realize that SH is a difficult topic to talk about, but an adult needs to know. You and your other cousin (her sister) could write a letter to your aunt explaining your concern. Letters are helpful because you can get everything out that you want to, and it helps with difficult conversation. Good luck!

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Re: My cousin! - January 4th 2010, 10:34 AM

My other cousin told their mom about it, but she just told her that it was for attention and not to feed it...so really my aunt's not doing anything about it.
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Re: My cousin! - January 6th 2010, 08:59 PM

Megan. Perhaps try talking to your cousin. Because it is not wise to trifle in such a territory.
Warn her of the dangers of such.

Or if you can't talk to her father or relatives. If it is attention she wants, give it to her, not in the way of feeding a bad thing but in the manner of love and care and warn her of such things.

Because it is much more better to give attention and a caution which will last only minutes and save a life than to refuse on the attention and warnings and grieve a full life time over a life that could be saved.
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Re: My cousin! - January 17th 2010, 11:06 PM

one of my close friends did this last year and I understand how frustrating it is!! try and be as supportive as you can but cutting can get pretty serious, as you know, so if at all possible try and stop her before it gets out of hand! maybe tell your aunt or parents or a trusted adult! good luck
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