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Mental illness is not being diagnosed in up to 56% of children aged 7-24 presenting to the emergency department for treatment of deliberate self harm according to a recent study. Cutting, piercing or poisoning are examples of deliberate self harm, and often belie a depressive disorder which can lead to suicide. The report calls for greater referral to mental health teams to make assessments and recommendations for these troubled children.
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About: Self harm undiagnosed link to psychological disorder
Date: 6 October 2005
Source: ABC News
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