Year: 1996 Source: Befriending Worldwide, no.49, (January 1996), p.10 SIEC No: 19960026

In this first-person account, a 42-year old woman explains her long-standing practice of self-injury. She tells her story in a plea for greater understanding by health professionals of her compulsion to use the blade. She stresses that her actions are not suicidal, attention-seeking or manipulative but a means to coping with inner pain that reaches a peak & must spill out. She describes it as a private battle between body & brain.