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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. :-)
(no subject) - eglvm on July 18th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
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.