One-quarter of teens and young adults engaged in episodes of self-harm on more than one occasion. Repeated self-harm episodes are more likely to occur during the first year of the first episode, with the greatest risk within the first month.
Study reveals those with borderline personality disorder and their carers face stigma and discrimination by mental health service providers following suicide attempts and episodes of self-harm.
Women and men who have suffered abuse at the hands of an intimate partner are twice as likely to self-harm, twice as likely to have suicidal ideations, and three times as likely to attempt suicide as those who have not experienced abusive relationships.
On average, women who self-harm have a higher tolerance to pain than those who do not self-injure. Brain scans revealed greater connectivity between brain areas involved in pain perception and pain modulation in those who self-harm.
A new meta-analysis study finds people engage in self-harm and think about suicide as a means of reducing some types of stress. The perceived stress release from embarking on destructive behaviors indicates a potential for therapy and other types of intervention.
The risk of self-harm presenting to emergency rooms is three times higher for boys with ASD compared to those not on the autism spectrum. Additionally, researchers found a four-fold increase in self-harm behaviors for both males and females with ADHD. Children with less than 80% school attendance also had a three times higher risk of self-harming behaviors.
An analysis of user posts from the Reddit r/selfharm forum found people who self-harm describe their activities as an "addiction", marked with characteristic cravings and an escalation in severity or tolerance.
Young adults on the autism spectrum with co-morbid psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and affective disorders, have a higher risk of self-harm and suicidal behaviors.
Bisexual people are over six times more likely to engage in non-suicidal self-injury than people of other sexual orientations, a new study reports. Symptoms of depression and anxiety were contributory factors to the self-harming behaviors.
Preschool-aged children on the autism spectrum were 2.7 times more likely to experience gastrointestinal problems, including pain, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting than their typically developing peers. Almost 50% of those with ASD reported frequent GI symptoms, compared to 18% of those without the disorder. 30% of autistic children experienced multiple GI symptoms. Multiple GI problems were associated with sleep and attention problems, as well as self-harm, aggression, and repetitive behaviors in both children with ASD and those not on the autism spectrum.