I started cutting the summer before my freshman year. I had experimented with other forms of self harm: Eating disorders, pulling out my hair, etc. My cutting started out as superficial cuts and the scars went away after a few weeks. But soon I was using not only razor blades but scissors, knives, sewing scissors. As my cutting progressed I turned to other forms of self mutilation such as piercing myself with safety pins. I soon got so desperate that I was hurting myself in any way possible. These behaviors soon required me to go to a mental health institution to learn coping skills. While in the hospital I was so desperate that I tried to cut myself with a screw. I have been out of the hospital for three days, I am lucky that I am finding the strength to abandon these behaviors. Even though it is hard and I still have the feelings I will do my best to stop.