Suicidal and self harming behaviours may be distinctBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39121.857569.1F (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:327
- Philip V Dutton, consultant clinical psychologist1,
- Andrew J Ashworth, general practitioner2
- 1Synapse, Stirling FK8 1HF firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2Davidson's Mains Medical Centre, Edinburgh EH4 5BP email@example.com
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 …