Most self harming behaviour in young people resolves spontaneously

posted 5 Apr 2012, 04:04 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
In a Lancet study of almost two thousand adolescents and young adults from the state of Victoria, Australia, Paul Moran and colleagues demonstrated a substantial reduction in self harm in young adulthood.During adolescence 8% of young people reported self harm and it was independently associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety, antisocial behaviour, high-risk alcohol use, cannabis use, and cigarette smoking. Adolescent symptoms of depression and anxiety were also associated with self-harm in young adulthood. The authors postulate that the early detection and treatment of common mental disorders during adolescence might constitute an important and unrecognised component of suicide prevention in young adults.