Why Demi Lovato Cuts Herself & How She's Dealing With It: Experts Weigh In!

Tue, November 2, 2010 2:43pm EST by 136 Comments

HollywoodLife.com has learned some SHOCKING details about cutting … experts say people enjoy it!

Disney star Demi Lovato, 18,  has entered into a rehabilitation center to seek professional help to cope with her battle with cutting. “It can be a fast pace, high pressured life where she has an image to portray and she can’t internalize any painful emotions,” Dr. Allison Kress, psychologist who specializes in the treatment of cutting and other self injurious behaviors, explains to HollywoodLife.com.

“Cutting, for most people, is a coping mechanism and way to deal with overwhelming negative emotion or no emotion at all,” confirms Janis Whitlock, Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults. “It’s self medicating.”

“Our body is like a volcano,” says Dr. Kress. “The pressure builds on itself layer upon layer and it’s going to have to come out. Cutting releases endorphins which calms people down.”

“Sexual abuse or trauma can be some of the underlying reasons that lead to self mutilation,” says Janis. But, “about 44% of people have no other issues.”

Says Dr. Kress, “Sometimes it’s just that life is difficult and external pressures build up.”

Especially in Hollywood, other celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie and Christina Ricci have all faced battles with self injury.

Now, Demi just has to focus on getting better. While in rehab, treatment will most likely focus on two steps:

1) Helping Demi to “find a different outlet to let the pain out,” says Dr. Kress, “like writing, music, having healthy relationships, exercise and eating healthy.”

2) “Focusing on the underlying causes of the pain,” says Dr. Kress. “Help them to resolve what’s causing the pain and resolving it.”

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is another common kind of therapy used to deal with self-injury cases. “It helps people to stop long enough to recognize what’s happening and let the emotion pass without having to act on it,” explains Janis. “It helps them re-frame the negative stories they tell themselves that cause the emotions.”

Cutting is a very secretive act,” says Dr. Kress. “It can be routine with paraphernalia and a place to go (ritual) and they enjoy it,” says Janis.

“It is also a cry for help,” confirms Dr. Kress.

- Lindsey DiMattina

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verolovesBOTDF

Posted at 12:06 AM on November 2, 2012  

I use to cut and No she isnt wierd nothing is wierd about cutting I think its bad cause you sould never selfharm.

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jellie

Posted at 10:57 AM on May 9, 2012  

YOUR REALLY WEIRD

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Yeah I did it so what

Posted at 8:43 PM on November 24, 2012  

u dont get it. read up on it, but till it happens to u you’ll never understand. ever.

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nashley

Posted at 1:15 PM on March 27, 2012  

Oh my god who would do such a thing

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kota

Posted at 9:33 PM on May 8, 2012  

Me?? I do it all the time.. o.e

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Nicole

Posted at 11:31 PM on June 29, 2012  

Oh honey… You don’t need to do that, no one does. You are soo valuable and deeply loved, I wish you knew. But freedom comes when you call on the name of Jesus. I used to be super depressed too. But then Jesus came into my life and broke all the bondages and addictions and chains I had built up inside. So give it a chance! And watch what happens. Best of all, you are never alone. Even if you feel like you are

 
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kath

Posted at 4:14 AM on November 18, 2012  

You don’t understand. You have to be a cutter or someone on the edge of becoming one in order to fully understand why the hell people do this.

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Yeah I did it so what

Posted at 8:43 PM on November 24, 2012  

thousands of depressed people over the world

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Jennifer 33

Posted at 9:47 AM on March 13, 2012  

oh my god I feel so bad for her. I can’t believe she even got bullied, I think she is the way to pretty to get bullied.

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kara

Posted at 1:21 PM on June 21, 2012  

i know right she is such a good person

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