[female, age 19, began to SI at age 16 at the latest, college student (full time)]
By Draco Malfoy,
I ripped out huge chunks of my hair in front of my high school marching band during practice. They knew it was stress, but they thought I overreacted – they didn’t realize it was the only way to cope. I’ve burnt myself in front of a couple of friends, too. They thought nothing of it, as I’m slightly masochistic, but I wasn’t doing it for pleasure. I was stressed, and I didn’t want to ruin everyone’s day, so I just burnt myself. The only time I’ve come close to being ‘caught’ is when my mom saw one of my more recent burns the other day. She asked what it was, and I just jerked away and said I had no idea. Fortunately for me I was PMSing, and the whole family knew, so she didn’t press it any further. I’ve also hurt myself in front of a friend who also SIs.
Person [female, age 19, began to SI at age 16 at the latest, college student (full time)]