Year: 1991 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.158, (March 1991), p.375-378 SIEC No: 19911051

Identified 42 patients (aged 16-62 years) who had been admitted 3 times in 1 week to a poisoning treatment centre for the treatment of deliberate self-harm. 87% of these admissions related to drug overdose. Most Ss were young, unemployed, lacking a partner & from lower social classes. There was only 1 subject in whom mental illness was thought to be relevant to the episode of self-harm. None of the Ss had committed suicide, although 36 repeated self-harm during the follow-up year. (12 refs.)