The answer to this question is no. I really don’t mean to seem arrogant, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. The only reason it hurts other people when they find out is because they don’t understand why you do it. They just see it as you hurting yourself, but I don’t think of it that way. I think of it as a way of relief. I don’t hurt myself, i cut myself. I do this because I get overwhelmed with emotion, i panic, i’m frustrated, i can’t stand feeling certain ways. I guess I do this because I want to have control in my life. I don’t think of myself as a depressed person, I am not depressed all the time, but when certain emotions hit, I can’t handle them. Why would I sit and suffer because I obsess over these emotions? Why would I want to drag these feelings on? I just want the feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, loneliness, and helplessness to go away. Cutting does this for me. It instantly makes me feel so much better. The first minute after I cut and I see the blood is like a high. Why would I want that to go away?
Person [female, age 18, began to SI at age 12, college student]