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Enraged sad lonely stupid worthless irrational crazy I cant stand what I think because I sound like such a whiner so self-involved During I feel very focused and full of anticipation I purposely hold my breath as I cut and let it out when Im through so I breathe out as the blood runs out I feel so calm All the noise and stupidity in my head is gone I feel like Im floating I feel stupid because I feel like I dont have a reason to do it Thats why I keep it to myself female age 15 1 yr SIB HS Martinson In a world where stress is relieved by simple things like screaming and crying lays another form of relief This form helps the people who do it detach from everything else and really feel Self mutilation is a form of addiction just like drugs and alcoholism and like all others stems from a variety of cultural and psychological factors Although the aspect of self mutilation makes some cringe some are pleased at the sight of their own blood To fully understand this is too know what self mutilation really is Its defined by Deb Martinson as the act of attempting to alter a mood state by inflicting physical harm serious enough to cause tissue damage to your body This can include cutting with knives razors glass pins any sharp object burning hitting your body with an object or your fists hitting a heavy object like a wall picking at skin until it bleeds biting yourself pulling your hair out etc By doing this brings their levels of psychological and physiological tension and arousal back to a bearable baseline level almost immediately Martinson People who self injure could be anyone male female gay straight a high school student rich poor teachers or anyone around the world The incidence of self-injury is about the same as that of eating disorders but because its
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