[Self-injury, converting emotional distress into physical pain].

  title={[Self-injury, converting emotional distress into physical pain].},
  author={Bo M{\o}hl and Lotte Rub{\ae}k},
  journal={Ugeskrift for laeger},
  volume={179 26}
Self-inflicted pain by cutting, hitting or burning oneself has become a common way to regulate emotions and to serve as coping strategy. 21.5-32% of adolescents in non-clinical populations have a history of non-suicidal self-injury. Non-suicidal self-injury has a momentarily relieving effect and is an important predictor of suicidal behaviour; even superficial self-injury should be taken seriously. There is an urgent need for organized treatment programmes for young people who self-harm. 

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