Why do people get depressed and hurt themselves on purpose?

ppl who often want to hurt themselves try to distract themselves from emotional pain by inducing physical pain. if they cut themselves they want to see the scar heal up and that gives them an assurance that their emotional pain will heal up.
Good question, I always wanted to know that.
Cos they dont want any1 else to hurt them so they hurt themselves..
It releases chemicals in the body which makes the person feel good.
This article is specifically talking about cutting...

It can be hard to understand why people cut themselves on purpose. Cutting is a way some people try to cope with the pain of strong emotions, intense pressure, or upsetting relationship problems. They may be dealing with feelings that seem too difficult to bear, or bad situations they think can't change.

Some people cut because they feel desperate for relief from bad feelings. People who cut may not know better ways to get relief from emotional pain or pressure.

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A lot of people find it an escape from reality. It makes you feel better, and the fact that you're hurting makes you feel like you're becoming cleaner. It's a hard thing to understand, you can only really know it if its happened to you.
There are a few reasons...
Sometimes it is because they have so much pain in their lives from sources that they can't control. They feel that by inflicting pain upon themselves, they can control it.
Other times they are depressed because they feel alone. They are in desparate need of love and attention, and desparate times call for desparate measures.
Still other times, people believe that their pain needs to be 'fleshed out'. It can't be fully understood until it is visible.

There are probably other reasons, but these are the ones of which I am aware from personal acquaintances...
I know its sad
Some people cut themselves to know that their life isnt as painful and when the bleed they know that they are alive and and its not just a dream the blood and the pain gives them evidence that the pain is worse then their life so their life isnt as bad and sum people juts do it coz they have anger and to deal with their problems they cut their wrists and harm themselves.
i hope i've helped answer your question
I would say to get attention.also it seems that somehow hurting brings good feeling to people doing it thought it is a serious stage psychologicaly. i too wonder what chemicals are released in the body to make them feel good.
I find that, in this Question Answer forum, many people ask a question so short and twisted in language and meaning, making others confused in answering! Your question as I understand is: There are people who get depression and you want to know the reasons for it! These depressed people hurt themselves due to depression and you want also the reasons for it!

Depression is a state of despair and anguish due to any circumstances of personal loss or grief and a state of helplessness plus a big feeling of isolation and hence if one is depressed on account of anything as above, he/she could loose his/her rational thinking and judgment for a while and may go to any extend to hurt himself/herself, including committing a suicide! Its a mindset blinding the rational thought and judgment! They basically needs counseling just immediately after the depression and this counseling would give the much needed confidence to overcome the depression and to find all other ways and means to tide over the crisis they face!
people might get depressed from
-rape or other sexual abuse
-being alone
-losing someone
or all of them

i went into a depression when i was 8... and i started cutting, and it made things feel real again. and a lot of people think you do it for attention, but you really do it to feel like you're really there.

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