I self-injury, because I lack the coping skills to deal with my problems. When I cut it is my way of releasing the anger,sadness,frustration,anxiety, and emotional pain. When I cut I feel like I can breathe again. However, like most self-injurers know, this feeling quickly subsides and I am left with guilt and pain. But usually, the guilt and pain is not comparable for the feeling of hopelessness I get that makes me cut. Mostly, i cut because I feel like I have no other alternatives. Writing, painting, talking, and exercise to not yield that type of results for me that cutting does.
Person [female (Emily), age 21, began to SI at age 16, student]