I use self-injury as this…distraction. When you scratch just right, everything just goes away from your mind. Every single thing. I don’t think about the things that led me to hurt myself in the first place. I think about, woah, gotta go clean this up, and I have to cover it. Which is also bad, because it adds a bit of stress to my life knowing that I have to cover them up. It’s better than what I was thinking before though.
Person [female, age 13, began to SI at the age of 12, student]