Jennifer is a thin, alternative beauty with crazy-colored hair and elaborate tattoos.
After a long talk about her experiences with anxiety and depression, I finally asked her, “Why do you think you do it?”
She responded almost excitedly, “I’m glad you asked because I’ve actually given this a lot of thought and I think I’ve figured it out.”
Her gaze turns down as she caresses her rippled wrist.
“When I’m feeling [depressed and anxious] the feeling is so intense, yet so confusing. Where is this coming from? When will it end? Stuff like that; but then I cut, and suddenly those same questions are answered. I know where the pain is coming from and I know that it’s going to end. I can even see the pain! You just don’t get those luxuries with anxiety.
I guess that’s why I cut.”