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Self-Harm A Huge Problem Among Teenagers

A new research study from Australia finds that one in 12 people self-harm as teenagers. For most people, self-harm will end before adulthood, but 10 percent will continue into their adult years. Teenage girls are more likely to self-harm than boys, and are at greater risk of continuing the behavior as young adults.

Anxiety, depression, heavy alcohol use, smoking and marijuana use were all connected to self-harm. Cutting and burning were the most common forms of self-harm.

“The figures showing that 90 percent have stopped by the time they reach their twenties should not seduce us into thinking that self harm is just a phase that young people will grow out of,” said Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, a mental health charity in Australia.

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