Before: lost, hurt, grieving, I feel this burning sensation in my chest and there’s no way out.
During: burning, stinging and pain, but it feels better than the emotional/psychological suffering. When I cut I suddenly stop thinking and it feels really relaxing
After: it burns and stings, but your skin feels warm and it’s like you’re on a tranquilizer, the weight on your shoulders just disappears.
Person Female, age 15, began to SI at age 15, student