I started a topic like this a few years ago and thought it might be a good idea to bring it back.
Basically this thread is meant for those that cut or burn or do some other sort of self mutilation. We could also expand this thread to include those struggling with eating disorders.
Why do you do it? What do you do to keep from harming yourself? Do you want to stop?
I started cutting in sixth grade, and I've struggled with it ever since. After my parents divorced, I just felt so alone and scared. I had read about cutting on the internet and thought to myself, "Hey, if it works for them, maybe it can work for me!" I soon started down a slippery slope. I closed myself off from the world and didn't talk to anyone about anything.
Cutting just felt so good, you know? With each incision, I felt a rush of adrenalin.
I made a decision to stop cutting year before last. I couldn't stop altogether, but I didn't cut as much as often. I haven't cut in a couple of months, but I still think about it whenever I feel depressed.
Now whenever I feel depressed, I just talk to my friends or play on the computer. I just keep myself occupied until the feeling passes.