December 8, 2008
By Anonymous

I feel guilt and sadness. I don't know what to do.
I'm depressed- so much more than just "feeling blue."
Need relief. Going out of my mind!
Want to leave these negitive emotions behind.
So I go and do what I have always done,
My own presciption to get the feelings gone.
Retrieve my sharp blade from it's hiding place.
Lock the door and I begin to trace
Lines, one by one, across my forearm.
Not thinking about consequences or potential harm.
Just cutting harder, deeper every time.
Each one bleeds a precious crimson line.
Flows so freely, out comes the bad feeling.
I'm relieved - My prescription so oddly healing.
And so I begin to clean and bandage,
Covering up the self-inflicted damage.
It has worked again. Success guaranteed.
It is my own solution; yes, my prescription to bleed.

The author's comments:
I am 17 years old and I've been struggling with self-injury for nearly 5 years now. It is absolutely the most difficult addiction I have ever tried to break. However, it may have saved me from doing the unthinkable.
PLEASE if you have considered it as a coping mechanism, don't. If you've just started, do not keep going. Seek help; recover before it's even harder to stop. That's the BEST advice I could give anyone.
And we all face trials of our own; but fight through them- fight hard.. And you will come out on top. Even better than before.

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