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Adolescent self-poisoners were followed up 3 months after taking an overdose. High levels of psychopathology were found, with 72% (18/25) of the adolescents having a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and 48% (12/25) major depression. All the adolescents were offered follow-up treatment from health or social services. Compliance with treatment was very high. Seventy-two per cent of the adolescents found treatment useful to them. The adolescents received a generally sympathetic response from their significant others. Fifty-four per cent of the adolescents thought that their overdose had resulted overall in improvements to their lives but 44% would consider taking an overdose again in similar circumstances.

Original publication

DOI

10.1006/jado.1997.0142

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of Adolescence

Publication Date

01/01/1998

Volume

21

Pages

209 - 218