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If you'll check the archives of this forum, you'll find I have discussed cutting behaviours quite ofen. It is very alarming behaviour which greatly disturbs other people, but isn't usually associated with dangerous suicide attempts, though of course this possibility also can't be ignored. I wonder whether the doctor you refer to was a specialist psychiatrist, who is who she needs to see for a full assessment. There needs to be a proper assessment. If Depression, or Bipolar Disorder is present and properly diagnosed, that in itself needs to be properly treated, which may require specific medications ; the cutting usually needs skilled psychotherapy, which the psychiatrist needs to arrange. In m experience, simply telling you to "watch her" without discussing what to watch for and how to handle any crises that might arise, isn't very useful.
I'm also not sure that "putting her in an institution" as such is always useful --- though in a crisis, admission to a psychiatric hospital ( so that there would be staff experienced in observation and handling such crises ) can be useful for a short while.
berni's comments match the results of some major research I did in this area some years back. She will be able to stop cutting when the therapist helps her to find alternative ways to handle the emotional crises she has been experiencing. She can get out of this unpleasant phase and move on to a happier and more constructive part of her life
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