Letters Suicide risk

Suicidal and self harming behaviours may be distinct

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39121.857569.1F (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:327
  1. Philip V Dutton, consultant clinical psychologist1,
  2. Andrew J Ashworth, general practitioner2
  1. 1Synapse, Stirling FK8 1HF pdutton@health-psychology.co.uk
  2. 2Davidson's Mains Medical Centre, Edinburgh EH4 5BP andrew.ashworth@lothian.scot.nhs.uk

    Classifying the method as well as the motivation of self harm is important since the physiological mechanisms lead to different perceived and actual outcomes.1 If the motivation is truly suicidal, a non-fatal outcome is unsuccessful, but where the motivation is not suicidal, death is accidental.

    Overdoses of drugs or poisons are …

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