Management of patients who deliberately harm themselves.

  title={Management of patients who deliberately harm themselves.},
  author={G{\"o}ran Isacsson and Charles L. Rich},
  volume={322 7280},
Deliberate self harm is a behaviour not an illness. It is defined as any act by an individual with the intent of harming himself or herself physically and which may result in some harm. Deliberate self harm has also been called “attempted suicide” or “parasuicide.” Although attempted suicide should be restricted to cases where a fatal intent can be assumed, these terms are often used synonymously. Suicide is the subcategory with a fatal outcome.