[female, age 19, began to SI at age 12, first year university student]
By Draco Malfoy,
When I was younger (12 or 13) it was mainly because I was angry with people, but didn’t know how to communicate my anger. I would get upset, but not wanting to lash out at others, I would attack myself instead. I began to struggle with depression and anxiety throughout the following years, and I realized that self-injury was a way to feel “better”. I would think of suicide, but not wanting to actually kill myself, I realized that physically harming myself was an easier solution. I would feel completely empty and consumed by these painful emotions - self-injury gave me something REAL and tangeable to feel… gave me something other than emotional pain to experience.
Person [female, age 19, began to SI at age 12, first year university student]