Self Harm: Introduction
Self harm is a behavior with a complex psychological basis.
Although suicidal tendency can be the case,
sufferers are not necessarily wanting to suicide, or even thinking of suicide.
In some cases of wanting to die, self harm occurs as a coping strategy, such
as in schizophrenia.
In other cases, self harm is not related to suicidal thoughts, but may occur
due to guilt or other thought patterns.
For example, self harm may be used as punishment when a person has done something wrong
(e.g. a high achiever failing at some task).
Self harm may also be used by sufferers to temporarily blunt emotional pain.
Self harm is a serious disorder, requiring immediate intervention,
because of both the risk of suicide in those
with a suicide-related motivation, and the risk of unintentional death
from self-sustained fatal injury even in those without suicidal thoughts.
Seek immediate professional medical and psychological care for any type of self harm. ...more »
Symptoms of Self Harm
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Causes of Self Harm
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Misdiagnosis and Self Harm
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness
because he suffered from sudden inability to speak....read more »
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of...read more »
ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD
in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults....read more »
Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder)
often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians.
Many patients with bipolar seek help from their...read more »
Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with
an eating disorder is female.
The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or
have a delayed diagnosis.
See misdiagnosis of eating disorders or ...read more »
Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be
undiagnosed in teenagers.
The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression
to be...read more »
Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression)
may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders).
Failure to...read more »
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