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17 July 2009 @ 09:40 pm
Question about suicide...  
This is going to sound REALLY bad when I first ask it, but I'm not asking this for the reason you may think.  When a person slits their wrists, what is the 'correct' way to do it, horizontal or vertical?  I am asking this because I am writing a novel based on several suicide victims and hate doing standard research on this topic.  Someone I cared about committed suicide when I was seventeen and finding websites that offer a checklist of how to commit suicide really sicken me.  So I figured I'd ask on here because the people on here people I talk to on here are pretty cool.  Again, this is not a question for me, I am NOT suicidal.  Plus, even if I was, I believe too strongly in Hell to ever commit suicide.  Thank you so much for any help you can give me.
I feel: curiouscurious
I'm listening to: Beautiful Dirty Rich by Lady Gaga
Child of the Revolutionsetos_puppy on July 18th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Slitting across left to right is usually for pain rather than death. Slitting up the vein succeeds in death. The Romans used to do so while taking a hot bath because the heat would make the blood flow faster.
Lady Manson: Buffy - 67 impalaladymanson on July 18th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the clarification. It's much appreciated. :-)
Emily: Kate - Clementineeglvm on July 18th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Most people slit horizontally but I heard a rumor that you "should" slit vertically so you don't cut the tendons and are able to thus cut the other wrist.

Another thing is (from rewatching an old X Files episode and remembering) that most of the time, there are hesitation cuts. Ones that are indeed cuts but haven't been pushed down enough to cause any damage, either because the person doing the cutting was afraid of what they were doing or just testing to see what it felt like.
I am not there. I do not sleep.secretlytodream on July 18th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
To be dead for sure? Vertical.
Pageavenue57: Dean Gravepageavenue57 on July 18th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
up the river not across the bridge

if you cut across like somebody said its more for pain the vein only has a tiny slit and will heal fast when you slit it vertically the vein is sliced the whole legnth of the cut rather than a lil paper cut horizontally will give
Malpreachersgal on July 18th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
question about suicide . . .
Not real knowledgable on the subject myself - but you almost always see horizontal in movies and TV. I just recall if you ever saw "Ordinary People" - an excellent movie btw - Timothy Hutton's character tried to comment suicide and he slit his wrists vertically - there were three scars on his wrists.