[female, age 20, began to SI at age 7]
I hide my razors in my room so my mother and my friends don’t see them. If for some reason I don’t have a razor hidden, I take one out of my bathroom and break the safety plastic part off with a pair of scissors. I sit on my bed and extend my left arm, which is usually the one I start with. I cut it five or six times, either with a quick slicing motion or by pressing the blade into my skin and slowly dragging it. After each cut, I blot the blood with a tissue and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. I do the same to my right arm. When I’m done, I go to my bathroom, wash my arm, and occasionally apply an anti-bacterial cream so the cuts don’t get infected. If I have to be around people, I put on a long-sleeved shirt.
Person [female, age 20, began to SI at age 7]