Self-harm in adolescence: a girl who swallowed needles.

: Self-harm represents a serious and pathological behavior that occurs most notably during adolescent years and currently seems to be a problem that is on the increase. Self-harm is a self destructive behavior which most frequently takes the form of cutting and burning. Relative to suicidal behavior, self-harm, in and of itself, is not intended to be lethal and tends to be repeated and addictive. However, in cases of self-harm the risk of suicidal behavior cannot be ignored. This presentation is a case study of a girl who engaged in an unusual form of self-harm, by swallowing needles.

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