Self-harm in adolescence
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The suicidal attempt has been defined as 'any deliberate act of selfinjury apparently aimed at self-destruction, however, vague an attempt or trivial the danger'.
In the last decade, there has been a marked increase in the number of patients admitted to the medical wards of general hospitals as a consequence of 'self-poisoning'. Mistakes do occur occasionally, but the majority of these admissions are the result of intentional self-administration of an overdose of drugs. Death may occur and this will be discussed later, but the majority of young persons receiving medical aid at an early stage recover and an approach should then be made to the psychiatrist to assess the patient's need for psychiatric help. Ideally, the patient should be seen whilst still an in-patient, but he may be given an early out-patient appointment instead. The disadvantage of this is that there is no guarantee that the appointment will be kept.