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Adolescent self-mutilation diagnosis & treatment

Community Mental Health Department, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002, USA.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services (Impact Factor: 0.87). 01/2008; 45(12):19-23.
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ABSTRACT Self-mutilation is complicated and difficult to diagnose. Its incidence among adolescents has increased during the past 10 years. Most mental health professionals discover that the behavior has been part of patients' lives long before their initial visit and that patients have become very good at hiding their behavior. The literature on self-mutilation is increasing, but newer statistics, specifically about cutting and picking behaviors, need to be assessed. The disorder often co-exists with another disorder that requires psychotropic medications, the administration of which should be managed by psychiatric clinicians who specialize in children and adolescents. A multidisciplinary team is necessary to achieve the best outcomes.

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